LOCATION AND CLIMATE
The San Bernardino Valley is temperate with about 15 inches of rain annually and temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 60s in January and from the 50s to high 90s in July. The San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead are a popular winter sports area. Its diverse climate and geography, from snow-peaked skiing slopes to vast deserts, offers a wide range of nature-based entertainment for both local residents and tourists. One can go from the ski resorts of Big Bear to the beaches of Orange County in two hours. About 90% of the county is desert; the remainder consists of the San Bernardino Valley and the San Bernardino Mountains. The Mojave National Preserve is roughly 700,000 acres of protected desert landscape. The County also hosts the entrances to two National Parks (Joshua Tree and Death Valley).
Learn about the air quality conditions in our area by visiting www.airnow.gov.