San Bernardino Tourism Blog
Spring Adventures in San Bernardino County
March 09, 2018
Global Administrator
This spring, plan a trip to the deserts and mountains of Southern California.  Just 60 miles inland from the Southern California coast, San Bernardino is the nation’s largest county, spanning world-famous desert and mountainous regions, encompassing the valley floor’s urban and suburban cities from Yucaipa to Upland and home to the quirky, historic U.S. Route 66.

Visitors can experience an exhilarating mixture of outdoor recreation in renowned mountain and desert destinations like Big Bear Mountain, Lake Arrowhead, Joshua Tree, Mojave National Monument and Death Valley National Park, plus unique arts and entertainment, rich California culture, American history and friendly welcoming hospitality.

Spring is an ideal time to visit the mountains and deserts of San Bernardino County!  Here are 5 Reasons to Visit San Bernardino County in the Spring:

  1. Spring brings a cool, mild climate to both the mountain and deserts. Not too hot, not too cold = just right.
  2. Art and music events stretch through the county during the spring months, including the kid-friendly Joshua Tree Music Festival in May.
  3. Wildflowers bloom across the region including the deserts surrounding 29 Palms.  The wildflower bloom only happens once a year and families love to experience it together.
  4. Plenty of time to road trip, unplug and make spontaneous stops without a planned itinerary; check out the outdoor art scene in 29 Palms and Joshua Tree.
  5. Avoid the crowds, the lines and higher hotel rates that come with summer vacation.

This year, do something different for your spring break.  Here are some trip ideas to get you started:

Road Trip!
San Bernardino County offers the king of all road trips: Route 66. This legendary highway stretches from SoCal to the Nevada border and connects travelers to many quirky San Bernardino attractions like Park Moabi, the Amboy Crater, Emma Jean’s Holland Burger Cafe, Madonna of the Trail, the Giant Coffee Cup and more.


Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments are three of the newest protected trails that preserve some of the most unique and intact desert landscapes left in the world. The Sand to Snow National Monument stretches from Big Morongo Canyon Preserve back to civilization in Pioneertown. After hiking and camping, outdoor enthusiasts love to take in a live music show at the world-famous Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown before moving on to Joshua Tree and 29 Palms for more fun.  We always recommend consulting with the professionals before hiking any new terrain, so be sure to contact the good folks at the Mojave Desert Land Trust while planning your outdoor adventure.

Climb, Zip and Fly!

Nothing says "I'm an awesome rock climber" like a trip with friends to Joshua Tree National Park.  Enlist the help of the experts and book a guided climb with Cliffhangers.  For the less advanced, ziplining is an exciting and easy outdoor adventure for the entire family, welcoming kids starting at about 7 years old.  Zipline @ Pacific Crest in Wrightwood takes it to another level with a natural course built entirely into the trees.  Action Tours California in Big Bear offers mountain ziplining as well as helicopter tours to get a birds-eye view of the San Bernardino Mountains.  


From diners to dive bars, San Bernardino County offers endless culinary choices - it all depends on where you are and where you're going!  On your way to the Mojave Desert?  Stop at The Mad Greek in Baker for authentic Greek cuisine, bakery and milkshake bar.  Looking for an elegant mountain dining experience with lake views?  Make a reservation at The Pines Lakefront in Big Bear.  But if you're a true foodie, you'll need to do Historic Downtown Redlands. Known for its hipster culinary scene offering whiskey bars, homemade ice cream shops, fondue parlor, can't-miss breakfast, here you'll find plenty of walkable artisanal options for your taste buds.


From full-service hotels like the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa and the historic Campbell House in 29 Palms, to rustic cottages and hipster trailers, visitors always find the perfect homebase in San Bernardino County. Book a stay at the newly-refurbished Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown or the Applewood Inn in Wrightwood, a newly-renovated mountain house providing excellent accommodations for a multi-family getaway.


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