Scientists: Please contact our office at (909) 866-5791 ext 210 to
arrange your visit.
General Visitors: Due to NST
installation no public tours/visits are scheduled.
You can learn more about BBSO at our exhibit at the
to Big Bear Valley
Use Google MAP and DIRECTIONS for driving
from: LA area, LAX and ONT airports
to: CA-38/North Shore Ln
modification of the Google route is to use I-10E instead of I-210E (easier to
navigate but heavier traffic):
*) From I-605 take I-10E, continue toward San
*) Take CA-30 N toward Mnt Resorts/Big Bear Lake.
See Google Traffic Report
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 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 for about 0.7 mi, the
observatory will be on your right.
Turn into the driveway (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. Accommodations are in the Cowley Lodge.
- Single rooms in BBSO's Back Lodge are available at a
rate of $10 per night for visiting scientists only. Lodging can be paid
with cash or personal checks - credit cards are not accepted.
- There is no food service at the observatory.
Accommodations have one common equipped kitchen. The nearest stores and
restaurants are in the City of Big Bear Lake (~4ml).
- Wireless internet, coin washer and dryer are available.
- Renting a car is preferable. Nevertheless, to get
around one can use Dial-a-Ride
service provided by local transit authority.
- There are many hotels in the area. For hotel
accommodations we recommend the Best Western Chateau here in Big Bear Lake. Contact
phone: (909)-866-6666, or Sherri Hoffman (sherri.hoffman
at bestwestern.com), Sales Manager. Ask for *ask for Observatory
Another possibility is Northwoods Resort by the village. Ask for
Observatory discount, say "GSAS" for discount
For more information on Big Bear Area visit Official site of Big
Bear Chamber of Commerce or explore Google links to Big Bear.
© BBSO/NJIT - Last modified: June 27, 2013.