Off-Roading Big Bear Lake

The Forest’s off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail system (Cajon, Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake) features many miles of varied terrain for SUV/4-wheel drive vehicles, ATV’s, and motorcycles. The Forest has 42 miles of 24 inch to 50 inch wide trails, 169 miles of Forest roads for non-highway legal registered vehicles (Green Sticker or Red Sticker), 900 miles of road for SUV/4×4 travel, and 104 miles of 4×4 routes. The trail system includes terrain suitable for novice, intermediate, and expert users, and trails are signed from easy to difficult.

Make sure to pick up a free Motor Vehicle use map (MVUM) at a ranger station where you can also check current road closures and other restrictions. Remember to bring your non-highway legal registration (Green Sticker or Red Sticker) and use a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrester on your vehicle.

Click here to download a free OHV riding area map for the San Bernardino Mountains. Please obey all signs and respect all closures. Information for Red and Green Sticker regulations and licensing agreements can be found at :

Red Sticker vehicles may only be used from October 1 to April 30. The Forest does not have “open areas” for hill-climbing or cross-country travel, or motor-cross tracks for racing. Staging areas area available at Cactus Flats.

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