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 area. Dogs on leash are welcome.
Hours & Calendar
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.
29358 Rim of the World Hwy. 18
Skyforest, CA 92385
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us inspire, educate and conserve.
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!
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.
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.
OUR MISSION. OUR VISION.
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.