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Bear-Valley is sometimes called "the secret of the Sierras." Located along Highway 4 in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, the population of Bear Valley today is a mere 133. At one time, however, it was a booming gold rush town with stores, saloons and dance halls lining the streets. It's a ghost town, of sorts, with some of the old stone and adobe ruins and early Western architecture still intact. Today, Bear Valley is known for its skiing and other outdoors recreational opportunities. At an elevation of 7073 feet, and surrounded by thick forests and mountains, Bear Valley has exceptional skiing without the crowds and hassles of some of the larger California ski resorts. Bear Valley is inside the Stanislaus National Forest and this offers other fabulous outdoors activities such as hiking, mountain biking and camping. Beautiful lakes and streams are filled with trout for fishing. Nearby Calaveras Big Trees State Park contains giant Redwood trees more than 2,000 years old and Yosemite National Park is just a couple hours drive away. Restaurants, hotels, cabins and other rental properties are available in the Bear Valley area for your convenience. You'll find friendly people and an area rich in history and natural resources in Bear Valley, California.

Surrounding areas: Dorrington, California (16.9 mi), Strawberry, California (18.8 mi), Pinecrest, California (19.4 mi), Markleeville, California (20.4 mi), Arnold, California (22.1 mi), Hathaway Pines, California (25.7 mi), Long Barn, California (26.2 mi)

Bear Valley Vacation Rentals

Bear Valley Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Woodfords Inn20960 Hwy 89Markleeville, CA21.4 mi.(530) 694-2410
Wehe's Meadowmont Lodge2011 Hwy #4Arnold, CA22.0 mi.(209) 795-1394
Yellow Dog Inn1320 Pne Dr Pob 504Arnold, CA22.0 mi.(209) 795-1980
Woodfords InnMarkleville, CA23.1 mi.(530) 694-2410
Avery Hotel4573 Moran RdAvery, CA25.0 mi.(209) 795-9935

Bear Valley Weather & Climate

The high mountain  country in Alpine County near Lake Tahoe enjoys a four-season climate. Located in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, summers are generally warm and dry with cool evenings and winters are quite cold and snowy. Moderate amounts of snow are reported each year in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with amounts and intensities increasing at elevations around 6,000 to 8,000 feet. Above 4,000 feet snow remains on the ground for long periods of time each winter and up to 40 feet of snow can be reported in the Sierras. Summers are quite pleasant and warm with occasional rain or thunderstorms. Sometimes, after a prolonged hot spell, thunderstorms at the higher elevations may become severe. Most rain occurs November through March.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 53°F 34°F 7.92 in. -
February 56°F 35°F 7.96 in. -
March 59°F 36°F 7.33 in. -
April 64°F 39°F 3.64 in. -
May 72°F 46°F 2.17 in. -
June 81°F 53°F 0.93 in. -
July 88°F 59°F 0.31 in. -
August 88°F 59°F 0.28 in. -
September 82°F 55°F 1.21 in. -
October 72°F 47°F 2.71 in. -
November 59°F 39°F 5.82 in. -
December 52°F 35°F 5.95 in. -

Bear Valley Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located about 67 miles west of Bear Valley in Sacramento, California, the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located approximately 72 miles north of Bear Valley in Reno, Nevada, the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located roughly 74 miles west of Bear Valley in Sacramento, California, and finally the Stockton Metropolitan airport (SCK) located around 75 miles southwest of Bear Valley in Stockton, California.

Bear Valley Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA32.4 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA70.4 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV74.5 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV75.5 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA78.7 mi.
Water Parks
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA69.0 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV75.5 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA78.7 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA112.9 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA114.9 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA119.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Meadowmont Golf CourseArnoldCA22.5 mi.
Tahoe Paradise Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA26.9 mi.
Lake Tahoe Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA28.0 mi.
Mace Meadow Golf & Country ClubPioneerCA28.5 mi.
Forest Meadows Golf CourseMurphysCA28.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA 
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA15.9 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA16.4 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA24.2 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA32.2 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA43.3 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA49.0 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA49.6 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV54.4 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA60.0 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA60.0 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA61.2 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA61.2 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA71.0 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV74.5 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA81.3 mi.
State Parks
Calaveras Big Trees State ParkCA18.6 mi. 
Grover Hot Springs State ParkCA19.9 mi. 
Emerald Bay State ParkCA33.5 mi. 
Columbia Historic State ParkCA35.5 mi. 
D L Bliss State ParkCA35.6 mi. 
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV36.5 mi.(History)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV38.7 mi.(History)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV50.5 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV50.5 mi.(Technology)
Vernon Wood Museum of ArtDaytonNV58.6 mi.(Art)
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA60.0 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA70.4 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA78.7 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA119.7 mi.

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