Southern California's magnificent San Bernardino Mountains offer a splendor of alpine beauty. Ontario is "The Gateway" to discovering all the year-round, outdoor recreation and adventure the mountain resorts have to offer. Wrightwood is just 35 minutes from Ontario, Lake Arrowhead is within 45 minutes and Big Bear Lake, at a majestic 7,000 feet, is a spectacularly scenic 60-minute commute.
These pristine destinations offer a variety of activities for outdoor recreation and adventure enthusiasts to do year-round.
In the Winter, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and inner tubing are thrilling throughout Winter and even as the season becomes early Spring. Adventure enthusiasts can hike or mountain bike. Hundreds of miles of scenic national forest mountain trails are open year-round, and rangers and naturalists are available to provide details about the backwoods. Mountain bikers are especially fond of the forest trails and hilly terrain – this is mountain biking at its best!
Ontario is close to the LA and Ontario International Airports, surrounded by major freeways and offers Amtrak and Metrolink stations and Omnitrans (public bus).
Guided tours by jeep of the San Bernardino National Forest are an intriguing way to enjoy the scenery. Rough riding in "4-wheelers" offers adventure – and for real extremists, there is "off-roading" down one of the steepest original trails to Big Bear, a route miners traversed more than a century ago.
With Summer weather, almost any way to water-play is happening: water skis, wakeboards, jet skis, sea doos, banana boats, motor boats, sailboats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks and more! Windsurfing is exciting out on the lakes and parasailing is an exhilarating way to see it all from the sky. The picturesque lakes are well stocked with fish, Spring through Autumn, for great fishing. Back on dry land for horseback riding, choose your terrain: open gentle slopes or challenging mountain trails.