BBSO - Visiting

Visiting BBSO
Scientists: Please contact our office at (909) 866-5791 ext 210 to arrange your visit.
General Visitors: Public tours/visits are not available at this time. 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 (Google Maps Options).

Fly into LAX (ONT or SNA), then take Prime Time Shuttle/Uber/Lyft to The San Bernardino Depot at 1170 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino, CA 92410 (4M3R+M2 San Bernardino, California). Instead of the shuttle one may take a LAX FlyAway Bus from LAX to LA Union Station and then board the San Bernardino train line from L.A. Union Station to San Bernardino Depot Station.

A the depot you can board a Big Bear OTM Route 5 Bus. Travel to the very end of the route to Mountain Transit Transfer Point at Fox Farm Road Stop ID 352. There is no public transportation from that point to BBSO. When you are in transit, please contact the Observatory (909-866-5791 x210) to arrange pick up from the Transfer Point.

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

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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© BBSO/NJIT - Last modified: Aug 7, 2014.