Lake Arrowhead is a beautiful, natural feature of the San Bernardino National Forest. So it’s only “natural” that there are many nature preserves nearby.
Wildlife Viewing Areas of San Bernardino Forest
There are several areas of the national forest specifically designated for wildlife viewing along State Highway 38 in Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, San Gorgonio Wilderness and the Sand to Snow National Monument.
Wildlife in the forest includes large animals like black bears, California mule deer, big horn sheep, and mountain lions, as well as smaller creatures like coyote, raccoon, bobcat, many species of squirrels, skunk, chipmunks, grey fox, and beavers.
Sand to Snow National Monument
The Sand to Snow National Monument is an area stretching from the Sonoran desert floor up to the San Gorgonio Wilderness, containing a striking variation in types of environment.
The area is also known for containing several critical wildlife corridors, a crazy level of plant life diversity, and the remains of ancient civilizations.
Heaps Peak Arboretum
A beautiful nature walk located off of A18, Rim of the World Scenic Byway, just east of Skyforest, Heaps Park Arboretum is a great way to stretch your legs outdoors.
The arboretum offers a variety of plants, trees, birds, and small animals to view along the way.
If you’re looking for a great educational tour, check out Wildhaven Ranch off of Pineridge Dr. in nearby Cedar Glen.
The ranch has lessons on some of the wildlife they protect, but make sure to make a reservation! The ranch is open year-round, weather-permitting.
Willow Creek Jeep Trail
If you’re looking to enjoy nature with an off-road adventure, check out Willow Creek Jeep trail, an off-roading track for all skill-levels.
You’ll get off the beaten path and take your vehicle into the wilderness with you.
Directions from Los Angeles to Serenity Lodge, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Get on US-101 S
2 min (0.5 mi)
Head southeast on W 1st St toward N Main St
Turn left onto N Los Angeles St
Use the middle lane to turn right to merge onto US-101 S toward Interstate 10 Fwy E/Interstate 5 Fwy S
Take I-10 E, I-210 E/Foothill Fwy and CA-210 to CA-18/N Waterman Ave in San Bernardino. Take exit 76 from CA-210
56 min (59.7 mi)
Merge onto US-101 S
Keep left at the fork to continue on San Bernardino Fwy, follow signs for San Bernardino/Interstate 10 E
Continue onto I-10 E/San Bernardino Fwy
Take the exit toward I-605 N
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-605 N and merge onto I-605 N
Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 27A to merge onto I-210 E/Foothill Fwy toward Foothill Fwy/San Bernardino
Continue onto CA-210/Foothill Fwy
Take exit 76 for CA-18/Waterman Ave
Follow CA-18 to Meadow Brook Rd in Lake Arrowhead
29 min (18.2 mi)
Use any lane to turn left onto CA-18/N Waterman Ave
Continue to follow CA-18
Turn left onto Rim of the World Dr
Turn left onto Meadow Brook Rd
Destination will be on the right