Big Bear’s history includes cattle rustlers, movie stars, and several gold strikes. In the mid 1800’s, Holcomb Valley was an area of extensive gold prospecting. New towns sprang up overnight, and the population swelled to more than the rest of San Bernardino County. To visit this historical area, the Big Bear Discovery Center offers guided 4 x 4 tours every weekend. Spring is a wonderful time to see the valley’s spectacular views and wild flowers that grow nowhere else in the world. The Holcomb Valley adventures leave the Big Bear Discovery Center at 10:00 am every Saturday and Sunday throughout the spring. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 909-866-3437.