Bear Valley

This year-round destination offers activities from relaxation to extreme adventure in every season.

Welcome to Bear Valley

Where rustic allure meets outdoor elegance

Bear Valley is a hidden jewel in the high country offering serenity punctuated by seasonal escapades. Imagine a winter wonderland and a summer paradise wrapped into one, creating the quintessential four-season destination. No matter the time of year, you'll feel like you're living inside a postcard, surrounded by pristine wilderness and seasonal allure.

What to Love

  • Outdoor enthusiast's haven: skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobile adventures
  • Water sports galore: kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing
  • Mountain exploits: hiking, rock climbing, and dirt biking
  • Unbeatable locale, perfectly situated between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite
  • Endless recreational and relaxation options

Local Lifestyle

Living in Bear Valley is like inhabiting a year-round resort, where nature takes center stage and invites you to partake in its bountiful offerings. Snuggled delightfully between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, this high Sierra hideaway promises the best of both worlds—untamed wilderness and urbane relaxation. Expect to engage in invigorating morning hikes, laid-back afternoon paddles, and stargazing like you've never imagined.

Dining and Entertainment

Allow us to introduce you to the crème de la crème of Bear Valley's dining scene. First stop: Lake Alpine Lodge, where you’ll find not only a tranquil escape complete with homely cabins and awe-inspiring lake views but also the acclaimed Lake Alpine Restaurant. Their restaurant serves up sumptuous home-style meals that add a comforting touch to your wilderness retreat.

Rounding out the must-visit list is Creekside Bistro. Upon setting foot in this charming venue, you'll be struck by the warm atmosphere and picturesque creek views. The culinary offerings are as diverse as they are delicious, promising a meal to remember. It's the ideal spot for everything from a casual lunch to a romantic dinner.

Things to Do

Bear Valley isn't just a feast for the senses; it's an evergreen playground of activities. One of the year's highlights is undoubtedly the Bear Valley Music Festival, an auditory feast featuring a plethora of musical genres. From classical to country, this festival transforms the valley into a rhythmic paradise set against the backdrop of towering peaks and lush forests.

If you're an adventure junkie, the Bear Valley Adventure Company has your name written all over it. Whether it's winter sports or summer treks, this outfit offers the quintessential Bear Valley experience. And for those contemplating taking the plunge—literally—there's no more romantic setting than the Bear Valley Wedding Venue, offering nuptial celebrations with a panoramic view.


  • Bear Valley belongs to the Alpine County Unified School District.
  • Bear Valley High School
  • Bear Valley Elementary

Overview for Bear Valley, CA

20,582 people live in Bear Valley, where the median age is 31.7 and the average individual income is $22,048.09. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

31.7 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Bear Valley, CA

Bear Valley has 4,913 households, with an average household size of 4. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Bear Valley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,582 people call Bear Valley home. The population density is 6,267.38 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

50.32 / 49.68%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
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Schools in Bear Valley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Bear Valley. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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