About the property
- House3300 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
6 bedrooms 6 baths
Our 3,300 square foot residence was built to accommodate 25 people so that we could offer a comfortable place in nature for large groups to enjoy. Read some of the reviews of our satisfied guests.
Safe Haven Forest Retreat is a unique 2 acre property that sits at the end of Wilderness Road at an altitude of 6,200 ft. It is the last private property on the road with three sides connected to the National Forest. You'll enjoy the broad mountain views and surrounding forest in this tranquil retreat. The wilderness is your back yard to enjoy. And yet, it is less than 1 mile to the town of Running Springs, 8 miles to Lake Arrowhead, and 18 miles to Big Bear Lake. You are literally in the middle of the mountains yet have all the amenities of the easy to reach resort towns. You can explore the National Forest and the mountain communities at your leisure. Or, you can just stay put and enjoy the spacious cabin and activity centers around the property, such as the boating pond, the rock creek and sandy beach, archery & air rifle range, Volleyball court, the climbing wall, the outdoor chess board, the mini zip line with low suspension bridge, the toboggan run and the many paths around the property and into the forest.
Notice to people who want to party: Our property was developed as a forest retreat where people could find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment, personal / spiritual growth, connectedness with nature and each other in a positive and uplifting way. With this in mind, we don’t want to have wild, drunken, disorderly, abusive, and destructive behavior on the property. If you are looking for a place to have a wild drunken party, don't choose us.
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- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Robert Phelps
As retired teachers we wanted to develop a place in the mountains where children could come to learn about nature. Our dream evolved from the idea of starting a youth camp to a more inclusive one where people of all ages could find a Forest Retreat that would be a SAFE HAVEN to convene with nature. We built the house to create a spacious and comfortable environment where our family and friends, and short term renters would find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment and connectedness with nature and each other in a positive and uplifting way. With this in mind, we don’t want to have wild, drunken, disorderly, abusive, and destructive behavior on the property. If you are looking for a place to have a wild drunken party to go nuts in nature, please look for another place.
Robert Phelps purchased this House in 2007
Why Robert Phelps chose Running Springs
After a three year search for the appropriate property, we chose this place for it's unique location; having the National Forest as our back yard and being an easy drive to all the other mountain areas. It is in the middle of the mountains yet has easy access to all the mountain resort communities and activities. From our home in Orange County it takes us 90 minutes to get to the property. Once here, we feel we are in another world where we can breath deep, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.
What makes this House unique
We have a comfortable house with many activity centers around it like a mini resort that people of all ages will enjoy. Walk out the back door and you have wilderness. Walk out the front door and you have civilization. Walk around the property and you have the best of both worlds. The size of the property (2 acres) and it's geographic features offer the space to create a number of activity areas. There is a boating pond with a sandy beach and rock creek with bridges across it. The tipi gathering area allows for small group activities overlooking the pond. There is also a climbing wall, Volleyball court, archery & air rifle range, large in ground chess board, and horseshoe pitch. And the picnic area behind the cabin allows for a large group gathering with fireplace, and B-B-Q units. There is also a small zip line over a suspension bridge 1 foot off the ground for kids. And, a 200 foot long zip line for those who take part in our Outdoor Adventure Program. Check the Amenities section under suitability for children.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
So grateful we found this place!!
Safe Haven Retreat is rightly named as it is a lovely place to go for a retreat. We had a ladies retreat there and it's a great place to be all together and yet there is plenty of room if you need your own space. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful outdoors surrounding the property. It was fun to see deer the first morning we were there. Robert was very easy to work with and we are so grateful! Highly recommend this place for a retreat!
Great location and facility
Our 4th time staying there and continue to be pleased with the setting and all that there is to do AND not do. Very relaxing and large enough to comfortably accommodate most any size family or group. Would highly recommend. Nicely maintained.
We loved it here!! It is the best place ever!!
There are lots of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from. We enjoyed paddling in the pond. We saw beautiful mallard ducks with their ducklings. We went to the farmer market and lake arrowhead shopping center. The property is well taken care of and has beautiful views. Also it has a nice entertainment center. A great place to spend quality time with your family.
Amazing and Beautiful
Our church went for our first family retreat. It was such a wonderful and beautiful experience. It was a blessing to our lives that we will carry forever. We look forward to our next one. The property is well taken care of, plenty of room for everyone to enjoy themselves. We enjoyed the nature walks and the sport activities the property offers. The owner took it upon himself to check in on us which was a nice gesture. Again we are thankful for this experience and I’m sure this location will be a blessing to anyone.
We are always happy to hear how happy our guests are to stay at the property and enjoy the place for the natural beauty, spaciousness, and activity centers it offers. Thanks you.
We Loved our stay.
We have a fantastic time. The grounds are amazing. Everyone loved the adventure package. Robert was Very nice. The cabin is extremely spacious and there are tons of restrooms and showers for all. However, The beds are squeaky and uncomfortable and I wondered if they went with a new cleaning company because we noticed tons of dust. We have stayed here multiple times and will keep coming back. We are just hoping they change the beds soon.
A perfect retreat for a multi - generational family reunion.
Safe Haven is the place for a large group if you love enjoying the outdoors with the comforts of a fully equipped home. 18 of us from 2 - 80 years old had the best time with no hassles. All of the activities provided us with many hours of fun. The only complaint was that nobody wanted to leave! We will plan a longer stay next time. Thank you, Robert, for your caring attention.
We are always pleased to hear how much our guests enjoyed their stay and look forward to returning. We would be very happy to welcome you back.
We offer a 3-6 hour outdoor adventure program which includes the rock climbing wall, rappelling, zip lining, archery and air rifle shooting at the range. And, in the winter there can be snowshoeing, tobogganing, and snowboarding. Contact us for more details about the cost and times.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Three night holiday weekends for the following are $620 per night. MLK Jr. Day, President's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving. Three night holiday stays for Christmas and New years are $650 per night, if it is three nights. If 4 nights, $620 per night