Destination guide

Running Springs is the gateway to the nature

Running Springs is a mountain community in the San Bernardino National Forest and a gateway to the nearby Lake Arrowhead, Arrowbear Lake, Green Valley Lake, and Big Bear Lake. Running Springs vacation rentals provide a great option for a weekend trip for residents of San Bernardino and outside visitors alike. As a member of the Rim of the World community, Running Springs hosts several summer camps and an outdoor education program. With a mild climate and abundant wildlife, the town of Running Springs gives vacationers a peaceful and serene environment.

Things to do

Running Springs attractions for the whole family

Many Running Springs vacation rentals are located near the Keller Peak Fire Lookout, which is open from Memorial Day through mid-November. There are excellent views of the San Bernardino Mountains and Lakes Arrowhead, Gregory, and Silverwood from here. On clear days, you can see as far as the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island. The National Children’s Forest has trees bearing children’s names which were planted after the 1970 Bear Fire. There are 2 paved trails suitable for hiking with children. The Big Bear Discovery Center also has eco-tours and events at their outdoor amphitheater.


Running Springs activities for every level of traveler

Running Springs is the closest community to Snow Valley Mountain Resort, which focuses on alpine skiing, snowboarding, and lessons for every skill level. You might also want to visit Nordic Rim, the only cross-country ski area in southern California. This area features groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, as well as mountain bike riding and trail running in the summer. Drive a short distance to Lake Arrowhead for boating and waterskiing on hot days. When you have built up an appetite, world-class restaurants and bars are ready to serve you downtown.


A mild climate for every season in Running Springs

Running Springs vacation rentals allow travelers to enjoy the slightly warmer winter temperatures than in Big Bear, which has a higher elevation. Running Springs’ climate is warm and temperate with rain falling mostly in the winter. There is relatively little rain in the summer. Running Springs is near alpine and cross-country ski resorts for winter sports as well as lakes for water sports such as swimming, boating, and water skiing. June is the driest month and July is usually the warmest month of the year. January is the wettest and coldest month in Running Springs.

Natural features

Explore the Rim of the World in Running Springs

Running Springs is located in the San Bernardino National Forest and is only 4.2 square miles in area. It is a Rim of the World community member, which is an inhabited stretch of the San Bernardino Mountains that extends 30 miles from Crestline to Big Bear. Running Springs’ name is derived from the natural streams and springs that run in the San Bernardino Mountains. Many of the springs feed into the Pacific Ocean. While enjoying Running Springs nature, be on the lookout for some the native wildlife, such as bears, mountain lions, and coyotes.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Running Springs

The nearest airport is in San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.), located 10.7 mi (17.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Ontario, CA (ONT-Los Angeles - Ontario Intl.), which is 29 mi (46.7 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Running Springs?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,144 vacation rentals near Running Springs. From 402 Cabins to 631 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Running Springs for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Running Springs?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Running Springs:

  • Snow Valley Mountain Resort: 2,795 vacation rentals
  • Moonridge: 1,292 vacation rentals
  • Boulder Bay: 691 vacation rentals
  • Arrowhead Villas: 190 vacation rentals
  • Fox Farm: 568 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Running Springs?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Running Springs. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rim Nordic Ski Area: 3,107 vacation rentals
  • Bear Mountain: 2,288 vacation rentals
  • Snow Summit Ski Resort: 2,995 vacation rentals
  • Lake Arrowhead Village: 491 vacation rentals
  • World's Biggest Dinosaurs-Cabazon Dinosaurs: 3,052 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Running Springs listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Running Springs?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 402 Cabins in Running Springs. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Running Springs include:

  • Houses: 631 rentals available
  • Cottages: 402 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 402 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Running Springs?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 76 vacation rentals with pool available in Running Springs. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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