BBSO - Visiting

Visiting BBSO
Scientists: Please contact our office at (909) 866-5791 ext 210 to arrange your visit.
General Visitors: Public tours/visits will resume in Spring. You can learn more about BBSO at our exhibit at the Big Bear Discovery Center.

Getting to Big Bear Valley from LAX by a car

Use Google MAP and DIRECTIONS for driving from: LA area, LAX and ONT airports CA-38/North Shore Ln

A modification of the Google route is to use I-10E instead of I-210E:
*) From I-605 take I-10E, continue toward San Bernardino/Redlands
*) Take CA-30 N toward Mnt Resorts/Big Bear Lake.

Getting to Big Bear Valley from LAX using Public Transportation
Option 1) Fly into LAX (ONT or SNA), then take Prime Time Shuttle to The San Bernardino Depot at 1170 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino, CA 92410 (4M3R+M2 San Bernardino, California), Stop ID 297. Instead of the shuttle one may take a LAX FlyAway Bus and the San Bernardino train line toward the SanBernardino Depot.

A the depot you can board a Big Bear OTM Route 5 Bus that departs to Big Bear at 8:35am; 1:05pm; 6:05pm. Travel to the very end of the route to Sandalwood Drive (behind Vons), Stop ID 352. You may ask the bus driver to stop at the Observatory (it is along the route, but there is no guarantee). When you are in transit, please contact the Observatory (909-866-5791 x210) to arrange pick up from the Sandalwood Drive stop (behind Vons).

There is more information on the schedule and the current bus location here .

Or you may call Big Bear Cab Company for a ride from Vons to the Observatory.

Option #2) Arrange an airport pickup with Daniel Compton in Big Bear. You can also arrange a return trip to LAX through him as well (~$149 one way).

In Big Bear Valley
Immediately after you pass Fawnskin, turn right from CA-38/North Shore *Drive* onto North Shore *Lane* under the blue "BOAT RENTAL" sign. Drive east for about 0.2 mi, the observatory will be on your left.
If you miss this turn, drive for about 0.9 mi and turn right onto North Shore Lane under the brown "SERRANO Camp" sign. Drive west for about 0.7 mi, the observatory will be on your right.

At the Observatory
Turn into the drive way (away from the lake) and use BBSO plan to locate your destination. You may park in either upper of lower parking lot. The front office is located in the Admin Building, entrance from the porch. Offices are also located in the Cowley Lodge Annex. Accomodation at the Cowley Lodge.


Area Info
For more information on Big Bear Area visit Official site of Big Bear Chamber of Commerce or explore Google links to Big Bear.

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