• Get to Big Bear Safely

    Between October and May, vehicles to Big Bear MUST carry tire chains.  Depending on road conditions observed (R1 through R4) restrictions may be in place. Officials may stop vehicles from coming up the mountain completely or they may stop and require that your chains be installed. Note that there are workers there who will install them for a $45 fee.  You may not be able to drive up unless you have a four-wheel drive vehicle and chains.  The roads may be closed, period, with only emergency vehicle access. 

    ‚ÄčIt is your responsibility to know and prepare for all road conditions and restrictions in advance.   And, please... be courteous to California Highway Patrol and CalTrans workers - they are there to keep the roads and travelers SAFE!  

    Before you leave home, know the road conditions and weather! Always, always allow at least 2-3 extra hours during inclement weather on the mountain for travel. Be patient, go slow and do not tailgate!   What do the road restrictions R1- R4 mean? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT

    Know Before You Go!
    Commuter Alerts - Highway 18, Highway 38 and Highway 330:
    Current Traffic Conditions:
    Current Weather:
    CalTrans Repairs and Maintenance:
    Emergencies - Dial 911
    Sheriff (non-emergencies) 909-866-0100
    Fire Department  (non-emergencies) 909-866-7566
    Getting Around Town - Use Mountain Transit 
    Avoid the Boulevard traffic - Use Mountain Transit Bus. Shuttles, Trolley

    Big Bear Routes and Schedules 
    Dial a Ride
    Big Bear Weekend Trolleys
    Fares & Tickets

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    It's the Mountains

    We love visitors, but be prepared: 

    Carry Chains at all times

    Watch Caltrans Quick Maps for Road closure information

    Carry water, snacks and blankets

    4-wheel drives recommended in Snow conditions

    Pack it in; pack it out - please don't leave your trash!