On the surface, it is easy to see why people love travelling to Big Bear. A massive lake affords endless recreational opportunities, while endless beauty makes it a place of incredible relaxation. But there are also so many things that are not as obvious, but go just as far in making it a one of a kind place. The following are five things that you probably did not know about Big Bear.
Many People Have Enjoyed the Area Before You
Big Bear has a rich history of human inhabitants that dates back further than you may think. Thousands of years ago, Native Americans lived here, with numbers in Southern California around 30,000. Throughout Spanish colonization of the area, the number had dropped incredibly low by the start of the 20th century. It is clear that people have always been attracted to the one of a kind beauty that this land has to offer.
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The Lake Has Not Always Been There
It is hard to imagine this area without this beautiful lake, but before the late 19th century, people did not have to imagine. The lake began to form after 1883 when the first dam was built here. This man-made wonder has made this an amazing place for all the lake fun that we all love as the summer rolls around.
It is One of the Many Birthplaces of the Sport of Skiing
What most people know about Big Bear is that it offers some of the best mountains and weather for skiing throughout all of California, but in the early 20th century, there was virtually no market for it. It was not until a few innovative folks had the idea to use the amazing natural conditions here to compete through skiing that the industry exploded here and throughout the country.
The Town is Frequented by Professional Bike Riders
This is due to the great elevation of the town around 7,000 feet and the incredible biking opportunities throughout the area. Whether you are looking for road bicycling or mountain biking, you can find some of the best trails and roads for doing so.
Big Bear is the Scene of Many 30’s and 40’s Hollywood Films
Films like Gone with the Wind and Old Yeller have created a familiarity with Big Bear for so many people. This is a testament to how beautiful and unique the area looks. One thing is for sure, the movies do not quite do it justice.
Here is Something About Big Bear: The Town is Home to Beautiful Homes
It is home to beautiful vacation homes to be specific. This is yet another reason that Big Bear is such a phenomenal place to visit. Whether you are looking for a quaint lakeside cottage or something fit for a king, you can find it in the wonderful homes provided by Big Bear Cabins. See for yourself by browsing our selection of rental homes today!