Running Springs is a mountain community in the San Bernardino National Forest and a gateway to Lake Arrowhead, Arrowbear, Green Valley Lake, and Big Bear. Running Springs’ is ideal for travelers who vacation year-round in the popular San Bernardino National Forest. Running Spring is also a bedroom community for commuters to the city of San Bernardino and a member community of the Rim of the World. Running Springs hosts several summer camps and an outdoor education program. With a mild climate and abundant wildlife, Running Springs has something for everyone.
Activities for every level of active traveler
Running Springs is the closest community to Snow Valley Mountain Resort which focuses on alpine skiing, snowboarding, and lessons for every skill level. Visit Nordic Rim, the only cross-country ski area in southern California with groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and mountain bike riding and trail running in the summer. Drive a short distance to Lake Arrowhead for boating and waterskiing. Jump on an alpine slide to whisk you down a mountain without snow. When you have built up an appetite, world-class restaurants and bars are ready to serve you.
Attractions for every member of the family
Running Springs is conveniently located for fun and educational attractions. Keller Peak Fire Lookout is open from Memorial Day through mid-November. There are excellent views of the San Bernardino Mountains and Lakes Arrowhead, Gregory, and Silverwood. 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 two paved trails suitable for hiking with children. The Big Bear Discovery Center has eco-tours and events at their outdoor amphitheater.
Mild climate for every season
Running Springs allows 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.
Explore the Rim of the World
Running Springs is located in the San Bernardino National Forest and is only 4.2 square miles in area. It is one of the member communities of the Rim of the World 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 aware that there are abundant wild animals in the area such as bears, mountain lions, and coyotes.