Visitor Alert: Arboretum Open Once Again

The U.S. Forest Service has reopened the San Bernardino National Forest after a monthlong closure due to extreme fire conditions. Heaps Peak Arboretum, then, is open once again. Because the pandemic continues to be a serious threat, we strongly suggest that you wear a face covering when you visit and also avoid forming large groups, particularly in the picnic areaDogs on leash are welcome.

Hours & Calendar

Because of the wildlife in and around the Arboretum, it's potentially unsafe to visit the site and especially to hike the Sequoia Trail after dark. During daylight hours, that's not an issue.

Information Booth hours during fall are from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Events Calendar

Adventure Passes

An Adventure Pass or other valid pass (such as America the Beautiful) is required to park in the Arboretum’s lot–whether or not the Information Booth is open. As always, entrance to the Arboretum itself is free. 

Getting Here

We're in the San Bernardino National Forest between Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

29358 Rim of the World Hwy. 18
Skyforest, CA 92385
Directions & Parking

Next Native Plant Sale: May 29, 2021

Our regular fall native plant sale, which had been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day weekend), was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. But we’re hopeful that we can stage a spring native plant sale in 2021. When? The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Explore the Forest

This family- and dog-friendly trail is nearly one mile long. Descending and then rising gently, it’s an easy hike with numbered signposts along the way. An information-rich trail guide, keyed to those numeric posts, makes your hike even more interesting and educational.

The Arboretum’s gardens display a wide variety of flowers, shrubs and other plants. Largely native to the San Bernardino Mountains, many of them are identified by easy-to-read signs. The nearby Information Booth offers print and visual aids to help you learn even more!

Expertly guided tours are available on request. They’re intended especially for visiting groups such as schoolchildren, Boy and Girl Scouts, gardening clubs and birdwatchers. For details: info@hparboretum.com.

Become a Member

Help us inspire, educate and conserve.

Native Plants

Heaps Peak Arboretum has a diverse collection of mostly native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and other plants. Some of them might do well in your garden. Learn more at the Arboretum!


Each year more than 25,000 forest visitors benefit from ROWIA's activities and you can be a part of the team!

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The San Bernardino National Forest encompasses more than 800,000 acres and seven official wilderness areas. There’s so much to see,  experience and learn here. With education and inspiration in mind, Heaps Peak Arboretum is a great place to visit. It’s a forest treasure that draws guests from across the region, other states and even countries overseas. 

Through habitat restoration, trail maintenance and other efforts, we’re working to protect and conserve our area’s expanse of the National Forest.

about us

Rim of the World Interpretive Association

Rim of the World Interpretive Association (ROWIA) is a California nonprofit, public-benefit corporation founded in 1982. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, we maintain and staff Heaps Peak Arboretum. 


ROWIA’S mission is to raise public awareness of and inspire active interest in the San Bernardino Mountains through nature-focused educational activities. Our vision emphasizes caring for the National Forest, including area treasures such as Heaps Peak Arboretum.

We’re committed to PROTECTING AND CONSERVING our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.