Bear Valley Springs
Bear Valley Springs is a gated community comprised of 25,000 acres of land nestled in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Developed in the early 1970’s by Dart Industries, Bear Valley Springs provides a unique way of life, providing a small town feel just 2 hours north of Los Angeles.
Bear Valley is comprised of approximately 3600 parcels of land which feature lower level grasslands, meadows, ancient Oaks and Majestic Pines with elevations ranging from 4100 feet on the Valley floor to 6934 ft. at the peak of Bear Mountain. Homes range in size from 800 to over 5000 sq. ft. providing something for every Home Buyer.
Use of the Bear Valley Springs amenities are included in our annual Association Dues fee ($1277 for 2012) unless otherwise specified.
Bear Valley Springs provides a 42-acre Equestrian Center complete with barns and tack rooms, stables, corrals, paddocks, training rings and a rodeo ring. In addition, the center provides 6 arenas which are available for dressage, driving, cutting, jumping, gymkhana and reining. The Equestrian Center provides full service boarding, a mare motel for temporary boarding and campground with restrooms and shower facilities.
An extensive trail system covers much of Bear Valley and provides 50+ miles of maintained riding trails. The Equestrian Center hosts year round events and Club activities through the Bear Valley Springs Horseman’s Association , the Bear Valley Buckaroos and the BVS Dressage Society.
Golf Course and Pro Shop
Oak Tree Country Club provides a full service Golf Shop and includes a 9 hole par 36 course designed by Ted Robinson Sr. The golf course winds through the lower valley area of Bear Valley Springs and provides dual tees for a full 18 hole golf experience. The complex consists of a driving range, chipping green, putting green, golf shop and Mulligan Room coffee shop. Lessons, cart and club rentals are available for a fee.
Bear Valley’s two lakes are Four Island Lake (37.5 acres) and Cub Lake (9.75 acres). Boating is allowed at Four Island Lake and both lakes offer fishing, barbecue areas, picnic tables and playgrounds. Four Island Lake has launch ramps for your non-motorized boats, 3 fishing docks and a sand volleyball court. Cub lake has a large playground and full sized basketball court and paved or graveled walking paths as well as the new “Cub Lake Dog Park” which opened in June of 2011.
Bear Valley’s “just short of Olympic sized” pool is heated year round. There is also a “kiddie pool” area for non swimmers and beginners. The pool complex offers food service through the summer months when it is open to all swimmers. Lap swimming is available year round. Outside of the pool area are picnic areas with benches and a full sized horseshoe pit.
Bear Valley has 3 beautiful campgrounds. Each is equipped with baths and showers.
- Equestrian Center Campground – located behind the Equestrian Center this campground is located close to the arenas for equestrian events and has pipe corrals and picnic facilities.
- Town Center Campground – Located behind the Whiting Center this campground has 4 sites with hookups (fee) and 9 additional camp sites.
- Water Canyon Campground – Located 4 miles from the Valley floor this wilderness area has a seasonal creek and waterfall. Riding and hiking trails are available as are pipe corrals. Open Memorial Day through September.
BVS Tennis Facility consists of 4 lighted tennis courts, 2 pickleball courts, a hitting wall and a gazebo. Courts feature Premiers Cushion Sport surfaces for a knee and back friendly surface. There is a Tennis Pro on site for Lessons (fee) Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00. Leagues, Tournaments, Drop-in Play and Ball Machine Rentals.
The Town Center consists of approximately 16 acres and is located 2 miles in from the gate on Bear Valley Rd. You’ll find the General Store and Snack Bar, home of the “Bear Valley Burger”, our only gas station and a parking area in a landscaped setting with picnic tables. In addition, the Town Center is home of the original Bear Valley Springs Schoolhouse which was built about 1875. It served the children of Bear Valley Springs until 1899 and was moved in the early 1970’s from it’s original location to the current Town Center location. It has been restored by volunteers and is open by appointment for your visit.
Located across from the Town Center, the Whiting Center is home to the Bear Valley fitness center with lockers & showers; game room with pool table, air hockey and foosball; jacuzzi and dry sauna; full gym; and fenced playground. Organized exercise classes include Zumba, Pilates and Yoga.
The Ken Beaubien baseball field is utilized by baseball and softball players of all ages - from the 3 - 5 year old Tball players to the 50+ year old Senior Softball League. This field is also the launch point for the annual 4th of July Hot Air Balloons as well as the site for the Oak Tree Men's Golf Club annual Pancake Breakfast.
Ron Samuels Model Field
Ron Samuels Model Field is located just off of Lower Valley Rd. and offers a site for flying radio controlled model airplanes. Next to the field is Jacks Hole Pond and when the pond is full you can also utilize this area for radio controlled boats and float planes. A small track is available for electric only radio control cars.
BVS Dog Park
This park, which opened in June of 2011, provides leash free activities for both large and small dogs. It is open from dawn til dusk and the only requirements are that dogs be registered & licensed through the BVSA and that you clean up after your pet.
Restaurants and Watering Holes
There are several meal options within the gates of Bear Valley Springs. From a casual meal at the Bear Valley Mulligan Room to an elegant Brunch or Dinner at the Bear Valley Springs Country Club, residents are able to enjoy a meal within a few minutes of home. The Oak Tree Bar & Grill offers cocktails and pub fare including hand crafted pizzas and the Country Market, located in the town center, grills tasty breakfast and lunch items.
The shooting range consists of a pistol range, rifle range and a trap range. During the summer the shooting range is generally open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The archery range is available for use by appointment only. Targets are set for 20, 40, 60 and 80 meters.
Community Service District
Bear Valley Springs CSD has oversight responsibility for the following services that are unique to Bear Valley Springs:
- Police Department: Our Police Department is a private department providing services to the residents of Bear Valley Springs. We have our own local Police Chief who is active in the Community and is available to assist with issues as they arise.
- 24 Hour Gate: There is only one "official" entry and exit for Bear Valley Springs and that entry is staffed on a 24 hour basis by paid employees who allow access only to residents of Bear Valley Springs and their authorized guests and service providers.
- Snow Removal & Road Maintenance: The Community Service District provides road maintenance and snow removal services as needed for the 110 miles of paved roads in our Community.