Big Bear Bronco Bash
Big Bear Bronco Bash is So Cal Bronco’s annual Main Event. Now in it’s 20th year, “The Bash” is a long weekend of Bronco Enthusiasts coming together to hit the trails and hang out. BBBB is an “unevent,” meaning there is no official registration, no steering committee, and no official schedule. It is absolutely FREE to attend Big Bear Bronco Bash and enjoy whatever is going on, as we have no official apparatus for charging money and incurring costs. But that doesn’t mean nothing happens. Far from it! BBBB is an all-volunteer event, with individuals and groups stepping forward to make each aspect of the event happen. In some cases they will ask for and accept donations to help cover their costs. But attendance and participation is free. That said, a “DIY” event like this does place some responsibility on each participant. There is nobody to herd you, nobody to tell you where to go and what to do. So it’s up to you to join in the discussions and find out how to make the most of the event.
The Nitty Gritty
- Big Bear Bronco Bash XX
- June 10-13, 2021
- Big Bear Lake, CA
- So Cal Broncos, the Early Bronco Brotherhood of Southern California
- Zero. There is no charge to attend So Cal Broncos events.
- Because Broncos were made to WHEEL, not to be babied and hauled to auctions.
Big Bear Bonco Bash takes place on the trails of the San Bernardino National Forest around Big Bear Lake. Our event headquarters is located at:
All BBBB group activities except runs and run staging, are held in the common area at the Majestic Moose Lodge. If you are not lodging at the Majestic Moose, you are welcome to attend these group events as a guest. If attending as a guest, please park somewhere along the outside perimeter of the resort, in order to avoid congestion and poaching of registered guests’ parking spaces. Please respect the resort and its owners, pick up after yourself and leave the facilities as clean as you found them.
Coming to BBBB? Here’s What You Need To Do ASAFP:
- Get Your Lodging Squared Away
- Sign Up For Runs – CLICK HERE!
- Get Your Junk Into Working Order
- Order your BBBB T-Shirt (see below!)
BBBBXX T-Shirts & Gear
To celebrate the TWENTIETH YEAR of Big Bear Bronco Bash, the T-shirt design this year features perhaps the most-wheeled, hardest used Bronco in Southern California, which is Danny Bogner’s. The drawing depicts Danny’s Bronco as it was when he first joined So Cal Broncos twenty years ago. In further homage to his decades of service to the off-road community, the design borrows elements from the US Forest Service logo, which Danny has worn for years as a USFS off-highway vehicle volunteer. The design honors Danny’s service and the dedication of all So Cal Broncos members to responsible trail stewardship.
This commemorative Big Bear Bronco Bash XX artwork screen-printed onto a quality Men’s T-Shirt, Ladies V-Neck T, Pullover Hoodie or Ladies Racerback Tank. This is a PRE-ORDER, for shirts to be picked up at BBBBXX in Big Bear, California June 11-12, or for shipment to anywhere else. Please only use the “Pick Up at BBBB” option if you are going to be at the Bronco Bash and able to pick it up there. Otherwise select one of the shipping methods. Get your orders in quick because the pre-order period will close on Sunday night, May 23rd, to allow time for production. Items that are to be shipped will be sent out the week following BBBB (June 15-20 or so). Click on an item below to place your order!
The Trails of Big Bear Bronco Bash
Hitting the trails with your So Cal Broncos brothers and sisters is the greatest thing about Big Bear Bronco Bash! Plan ahead so you’ll know what trail you’re doing each day so you can make the most of your time in Big Bear. Below are some of our favorite trails in the area. Check them out and make your choices, then get your name on the signup sheets!
EASY Trails in the Big Bear Area
Easy trails are suitable for stock 4X4’s as well as 2WD trucks and SUV’s with sturdy tires and good ground clearance. These may include seldom-maintained forest roads with occasional mild obstacles including ruts from runoff, mild rocky sections and moderate grades. Some sort of traction control device such as a limited slip in at least one differential may be helpful in some places but careful tire placement should suffice for 2WD vehicles with an open diff. Airing down is generally not necessary but may be beneficial for ride comfort. As road conditions may change, travel in groups and carry recovery and emergency equipment.
Wildhorse Meadows is an easy trail for stock vehicles. It does reach an elevation of 8700 feet,...
A beautiful descent into (or climb out of) the vast Santa Ana River Gorge to the south of Big Bear...
One of the two trails leading over the ridge from Big Bear down into the Santa Ana River Gorge...
MODERATE Trails in the Big Bear Area
Moderate trails are best suited for upgraded 4X4’s with at least one traction device, preferably a “hard” locker, and at least 33″ tires. Body damage is not likely, however rocker panel protection may come in handy for the occasional obstacle. Airing down for traction is recommended, so tire deflators and a method to air back up would be helpful. Trails may also get a Moderate rating for having long, sustained climbs which may tax cooling systems. Be sure your vehicle is in good working order, travel in groups and carry recovery gear and emergency equipment.
Located to the east of Baldwin Dry Lake, Horsethief Flat is a hidden valley located at the end of...
So Cal Broncos very own adopted trail, Little John Bull, runs the eastern section of FS road 3N10,...
Heartbreak Ridge is a special place for So Cal Broncos, as the Alan Rowe Monument was placed here...
Not normally ran by itself due to its remote location and short length, Lower Larga (FS Road...
DIFFICULT Trails in the Big Bear Area
Difficult trails are best tackled in a lifted 4X4 with at least 35″ tires and two lockers, at least one of which is a “hard” locker. Sturdy bumpers and body armor are recommended to prevent sheet metal damage, especially in the rocker panel area. Airing down will be necessary. Recovery operations should be expected, so it is recommended to have at least one winch in the group as well as recovery straps and suitable attachment points on all vehicles. Fuel, brakes, steering and cooling systems should all be in top shape. Travel in groups and be prepared for emergencies. Carry extra food, water, warm clothes and lighting, and be prepared for a long day on the trail, possibly stretching into night.
One of Big Bear’s toughest trails, “Big” John Bull (to differentiate it from “Little” John Bull,...
Forest Service Road 3N93 runs along Holcomb Creek, from its intersection with the easy,...
Gold Mountain is located northeast of Big Bear Lake, along the north shore of Baldwin Dry Lake. We...
The eastern-most trail usually ran at Big Bear Bronco Bash, Dishpan Springs covers a section of...
EXTREME Trails in the Big Bear Area
Extreme trails are best left to purpose-built rock crawling buggies and highly modified 4X4’s with at least 37″ tires, two hard lockers, low gearing and upgraded steering components. Heavy duty bumpers and body armor are necessary, and body damage may still be possible. Well-built cages which extend forward to surround the cockpit and safety restraints are required as rollovers are possible. Every vehicle should be equipped with a winch, recovery gear and hard attachment points. Drivers should be experienced. Be prepared for breakage by carrying tools and spare parts. Carry extra food and water as well as warm clothes in case a long day on the trail extends into night.
Daily Schedule of Events
Thursday | June 10, 2021
Runs to the local trails on Thursday will be “DIY” or by pre-arrangement between attendees. Get involved in the discussions online and in person at the Bash to hook up with others, form groups and plan runs. Important: If organizing a run, please DO NOT stage your run out of the Majestic Moose. Use one of the designated Run Staging Locations or any other location outside of the Majestic Moose.
Early arrivals join us for cocktails in the common area at the Majestic Moose Lodge. Bring your own, plus something to share!
Super Dave and Son’s Taco Thursday
Taco Night returns this year with Special Guest, The Lovely Vanessa. 12-Pack Jeff, Dave and Vanessa will be cooking up tasty chicken and carne asada tacos using delicious meat from Chino Hills Carniceria. Tortillas, lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, cilantro, sour cream will be provided along with 12-Pack’s famous salsa and Vanessa’s amazing guac.
12-Pack’s Famous Salsa!
Jeff will once again be offering jars of his awesome salsa for sale! Grab a couple pints of the best salsa on the mountain for $10/pint or buy 3, get 1 free. You can pre-order by emailing Jeff at email@example.com to make sure you get yours.
Friday | June 11, 2021
Bronco Parts Swap Meet
Got some unused Bronco parts laying around taking up space? Bring ‘em to the SCB Bronco Parts Swap Meet at BBBB! Likewise if you’re looking for that hard-to-find part, check out the offerings. The Swap Meet will take place in the volleyball court area, adjacent to the band and picnic area at the Majestic Moose. Please set your parts out in an orderly fashion, but do not use the dinner tables for display. If you can’t stay close to your items, leave a note attached to them with your name, price and phone/text number so buyers can find you to make the purchase. Please have any leftover items removed from the area by 9:00 PM or so.
Mexican Potluck Dinner
Friday Night Mexican Potluck is a tradition that goes back to the very first Big Bear Bronco Bash! Held in the picnic area at the Majestic Moose Lodge. Please bring your favorite Mexican main course, side dish or dessert to share. Note that there is NO signup sheet, so please don’t ask anyone “what’s needed?” Simply bring any dish you’re proud to share, and make sure there’s enough for a few people. Typically the chefs of So Cal Broncos bring their A-game and there is always plenty of everything to go around. Make sure to bring serving utensils for your dish. Please claim your dish after the potluck. Even if you set it out in a disposable dish, it’s up to you to make sure it gets disposed.
IMPORTANT: Bring your own beverage, plates, napkins and eating utensils. And PLEASE pick up after yourself.
Saturday | June 12, 2021
SCB Grilllmasters BBQ Dinner
Once again our elite team of SCB Grillmasters will be serving up a delicious BBQ meal on Saturday night! Those who have attended BBBB before know that the Grillmaster BBQ is one of the highlights of the weekend. This year Grillmasters Tom Doran, Bill and Brenda Camp, Kirk Aguer, Kevin Thierry, Mark Shainman, Ed Campbell and Mike & Michelle Fluke will be cooking up an epic feast! Early plans are for a full pig roast and tri-tip for the fidels (because only infidels eat pig LOL) and all the sides.
A tip jar will be available so please tip the Grillmasters generously for their hard work!
Donations Accepted to Help Cover BBQ Costs!
As usual, attendance at the BBBB BBQ is free but the Grillmasters are accepting donations to help defray costs. We encourage everyone who can, to donate enough to pay for your meal and reward our Grillmasters for a job well done. If times are tough come on out anyway and enjoy a great meal with the SCB broterhood. Nobody goes away hungry!
To donate via Paypal go to: https://www.paypal.me/kirkaguer (Please check the box for “Friends & Family so they don’t confiscaate part of it). If you prefer to use Venmo please send it to @Kirk-Aguer. The Grillmasters have asked that donations be made by May 31 so they can plan and prepare.
Immediately following the BBQ dinner, we put the “Bash” in Big Bear Bronco Bash with a full night of live music, adult beverages and tons of fun!
Once again The Tomcats will be slingin’ their rocking mix of classics, thanks to our music sponsor James Duff Enterprises!
Bring your own adult beverages or try some of those brought by others to share. Try your hand at the Flabongo while you’re at it!
Sunday | June 13, 2021
Late Stayers Pool Party
If you’re staying an extra day to unwind after the Bash, join us at the pool for some fun and sun, and a few more adult beverages!
Check Out Some of our Past BBBB’s
Big Bear Bronco Bash XIX was the nineteenth edition of So Cal Broncos' annual blowout in the San Bernardino Mountains. During the weeks leading up to the event the Covid-19 pandemic cast doubt on whether we would be able to hold the event and, if so, what changes...
Big Bear Bronco Bash XVIII was the eighteenth edition of So Cal Broncos' annual blowout in the San Bernardino Mountains. Once again there were close to one hundred Broncos running around the Big Bear area for that long weekend. Trails ranged from wild to mild and...
At the mid-point of 2018 Bronco enthusiasts from throughout Southern California and beyond converged on the San Bernardino Mountains for four days of awesome trails trail rides, checking out each other's latest Bronco mods, enjoying the festivities around the Bash HQ,...
Our baby was all grown up and old enough to drive! Big Bear Bronco Bash XVI continued the tradition of good wheeling, great friends and awesome Broncos crawling the trails of the San Bernardino Mountains.Photos From This EventPlease check out our photo sets from Big...
In 2016 the fifteenth year of Big Bear Bronco Bash coincided with the 50th year of the Ford Bronco, and of course we joined Bronco events all over the country in celebrating that golden anniversary. But other than marking the Bronco's fiftieth it was business as usual...
In 2008, Big Bear Bronco Bash was in its seventh year and starting to hit its stride as an established tradition in the broader Bronco enthusiast community. Headquarters was held at Golden Bear Cottages for the sixth year, and runs headed out each day to hit the...
Big Bear Bronco Bash was in its fifth year in 2006 when we converged on Golden Bear Cottages for So Cal Broncos' annual shindig in the mountains. In addition to our usual trail rides and night-time shenanigans, the BBBB T-Shirt that year cam in two flavors. Check...
In 2005, BBBBIV featured all of the usual trail runs and shenanigans but the most significant thing that happened that year was dedicating the Alan Rowe Monument on Heartbreak Ridge, a tribute to fallen So Cal Broncos member, USMC Major Alan Rowe who was KIA in Iraq...
BBBB: A Brief History in T-Shirts
Event T-shirts have been a part of Big Bear Bronco Bash since the very first one. It was drawn by Eva Phoenix, Terry Moistner’s tattoo artist, and we colorized it for the following year. Since then each design was done by Dusty Sharp. We didn’t do a T-shirt every year but for one year we actually did two (BBBBV). If you’ve missed any, or your original is just tattered threads now, or if you weren’t there but want a piece of So Cal Broncos history, most of our past T-shirts are available as reproductions. Just click on the one you want to go to the Gear Shop.
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Where to Stay
As a “DIY” event, BBBB participants must make their own arrangements for lodging. Fortunately there are many great options nearby, from resorts to tent camping. Here are some suggestions for lodging. Try to get your accommodations squared away as early as possible, as it gets harder to find suitable lodging closer to the date of BBBB.
The Majestic Moose Lodge is our headquarters for the Big Bear Bronco Bash. By the time you read this, it is probably already booked up. If you’d like to stay at the Moose next year, it is advised to reserve your cabin as early as possible (like, before you leave Big Bear this year). For alternate accommodations, we recommend the following:
For alternate accommodations, we recommend the following:
Other Cabins & Resorts
The closest cabins to the Majestic Moose are:
The Grey Squirrel
39372 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Golden Bear Cottages
39367 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Holloway’s Marina & RV Park
398 Edgemoor Rd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315