The Holcomb Valley Tour is a must-do for history buffs, outdoors lovers, families, and virtually anyone coming to the San Bernadino area. About 25 miles from Big Bear Lake, the tour guides visitors through some of the most interesting historical sites in the region, set in a background reminiscent of the Wild West. As you navigate the twists and turns of the trail, you’ll see gorgeous mountain scenery. You’ll also learn more about the famous gold-mining areas that made this valley a boomtown during the rush of the early 1860s.
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Preparing for the Holcomb Valley Tour
The Holcomb Valley Tour showcases the remaining trace elements of a town once teeming with hopeful gold prospectors. Just as it was when they scoured the land for glittering gold nuggets, the terrain is beautiful, but a little rugged. It’s helpful to know a few things before you go.
First, the length of the Holcomb Valley tour is about 12.5 miles one-way. This may seem like a short drive, but if you stop at the sites along the route, you can easily spend a full day taking it all in. The scenic drive involves continuous mountain navigation – there are lots of curves and twists. Although four-wheel drive is not necessary, it is highly recommended that you use an SUV. The ride will feel much rougher in a passenger vehicle. With that said, finding your way along the road is fairly easy. The roads do have a few signs. However, it is best to have a copy of the Gold Fever Trail Map with you just in case. You can pick one up at the Big Bear Discovery Center, or download the pdf version of the Holcomb Valley Map. Finally, watch out for seasonal changes, especially snow and mud in the winter.
Get Active on the Holcomb Valley Tour
One of the best things about the Holcomb Valley Tour is that you’re not limited to driving from site to site. If you want to stretch your legs and get out in the fresh mountain air, there are plenty of ways to do so. Mountain biking and hiking are both great ways to enjoy the trail. When you’re feeling even more adventurous, try your hand at rock climbing. This is a favorite area for climbers, so if you don’t participate, you can always sit and watch. Finally, you can try Holcomb Valley gold panning. You might not strike it rich, but it’s a great way to get into the spirit of the area’s past.
Relax at a Gorgeous Lakefront Cabin
After a day enjoying the sites and history of the Holcomb Valley Tour, come back to a Big Bear Lakefront Cabin to unwind. Our beautiful cabins are conveniently located to the Gold Fever Trail and plenty of other exciting outdoor activities. If you prefer to stay in for a day, you’ll have just as much fun. Many of our rentals feature stunning updated interiors, amazing views, and relaxing hot tubs. Browse our cabins now to find out what’s available for your upcoming trip. Once you reserve your lakefront home, you can start the countdown to your perfect Big Bear getaway!