Off-Campus Activities : Outdoor Adventures

Start your day in the mountains and finish with a bonfire at the beach! Our Southern California region offers many opportunities for hiking, camping, skiing/snowboarding, and all of your favorite beach time activities.


Visit the links below for more information about skiing in the Los Angeles area:


For more information about biking in the area, consult the following links:


If you’re looking for some good waves to ride, these links should help:

National and State Parks

Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake

These two lakes and the surrounding area of the San Bernardino Mountains offer relaxation and outdoor activity. In the summer they offer excursion cruises, swimming beaches, and great spots for boating and canoeing. There are trails at both lakes for hikers, mountain bikers, and horses. In the winter, the most popular ski area are Snow Summit, Bear Mountain Ski Resort and Snow Valley.

San Bernardino National Forest
1824 South Commercenter Circle
San Bernardino, California
The 500 miles of trails here give you plenty of room to wander. You can hike, bike, or ride a horse through the Ponderosa pines. There are also campgrounds throughout the forest.

Mojave National Preserve
The preserve is always open
No entrance fee

Santa Monica Mountains
Visitor’s center 9-5 (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day)
No entrance fee

Channel Islands National Park
The park is always open; Visitor’s Center open 8:30-5 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
No entrance fee to the park, $15/day for day use of a campsite

Death Valley National Park
Open year round
$10 for 7 days (vehicle pass), $20 annual pass

Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks
Open daily year round, some areas closed in winter
$10 for 7 days (vehicle pass), $20 annual pass

Yosemite National Park
Always open, some roads closed during winter
$20 for 7 days (vehicle pass), $40 annual pass

Whale Watching Tours

Each year, pods of gray whales migrate south from their summer home in the Bering Sea to their warm winter breeding grounds in the blue lagoons off Baja California. They make a 6,000 mile journey between the latter half of December and the middle of April. Contact the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for tour operators: 562-436-3645.