Destination guide

Bear Valley – grin and bear it

Located amid the Stanislaus National Forest in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Bear Valley is famous for its killer ski slopes, alpine hiking trails, and pristine natural beauty. In the summer, you can find a number of day camps for kids, and the town also hosts an annual weeks-long music festival. Winter sports are a major attraction, but with everything from rocky mountainsides to river rapids, Bear Valley is a popular destination throughout the year, and your Bear Valley vacation rental will offer easy access to a natural playground in any season.

Things to do

You’re on mountain time in Bear Valley

Bear Valley Mountain Resort is a year-round facility that hosts groups in a plush, woodsy environment, and you can enjoy everything from guided hikes to a full array of winter sports. Lake Alpine is a popular spot for kayaks, motorboats, and canoes, as well as paddleboarding and swimming. To take advantage of the area’s truly epic winter snows, you might want to consider a Bear Valley vacation rental with ski-in/ski-out access, and a hot tub or fireplace is a great place to warm up with a hot chocolate – or something stronger – after a chilly day on the slopes.

Activities

Bear Valley – it’s all downhill from here

Camping, hiking, and mountain biking are the primary summer activities, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for boating and kayaking. Thrill seekers can brave white water rapids of the Stanislaus River, or get their climb on scaling the area’s steep cliff faces. Winter is especially popular, when crowds of skiers and snowboarders swarm the mountain slopes. But summer’s got it’s perks, too, and visitors in July and August can catch the Bear Valley Music Festival, an annual 17-day event with live concerts of everything from country and tribute bands to jazz and even a symphony orchestra.

Weather

Highs and lows in Bear Valley

Bear Valley has a cold-summer Mediterranean climate, which means summers and winters are both relatively mild. Winter is the area’s busiest season, and with 359 inches of annual snowfall, the area’s ski resorts are packed with short-term visitors and weekend warriors. But the lower temperatures mean higher prices, and a visit during the summer months will get you to the forest without losing too much green. The summers themselves are warm and dry, with highs in the 80s in July and August, and little or no rainfall.

Natural features

Bear Valley – friends in high places

Nestled within the Stanislaus National Forest, Bear Valley is located at an elevation of 7,100 feet above sea level. It’s surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, whose wooded slopes and rocky peaks provide shelter for mule deer, bighorn sheep, and black bears. At the center of the valley is the Stanislaus River, where you can spot salmon and trout, as well as otters, beaver, and mink. More than just an alpine playground, a Bear Valley vacation rental puts you at the heart of a thriving, one-of-a-kind ecosystem.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Bear Valley

The nearest airport is in Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL), located 29.9 mi (48.1 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Bear Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 246 vacation rentals near Bear Valley. From 170 Cabins to 53 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bear Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bear Valley?

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 Bear Valley:

  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort: 2,208 vacation rentals
  • Palisades: 103 vacation rentals
  • West Meadows: 81 vacation rentals
  • Juniper Ridge: 110 vacation rentals
  • East Meadows: 116 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 Bear Valley?

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

  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park: 219 vacation rentals
  • Leland Snowplay: 246 vacation rentals
  • White Pines Lake: 504 vacation rentals
  • Sequoia Woods Country Club and Golf Course: 508 vacation rentals
  • Spicer Meadow Reservoir: 140 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bear Valley 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 Bear Valley?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 170 Cabins in Bear Valley. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bear Valley include:

  • Houses: 53 rentals available
  • Cottages: 170 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 170 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 Bear Valley?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 142 vacation rentals with pool available in Bear Valley. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.