Former 377-acre Boy Scout Camp near Big Bear Lake seeks $ 12 million – San Bernardino Sun

A scenic 377-acre camp in Big Bear Valley, once owned by the Boy Scouts of America, has been marketed for $ 12 million.

National Forest lands surround the Fawnskin property known as Holcomb Valley Ranch, which the Southern California News Group reported was available for rent at $ 12,000 per month in the spring of 2020. A few miles from Big Bear Lake, it was marketed as a “rare opportunity for social distancing” during quarantine.

The property has since made the “Best of 2021” at Hipcamp, the campsite’s Airbnb.

Now, this mountainous expanse of meadows and forests is approved for use as an “open-air resort with 380 sites” for luxury tents and guest cabins. It is already home to 37 structures, including a century-old residence built by rancher William Hitchcock, who developed the property for grazing cattle.

There are cabins, a stable and corrals, a covered catering pavilion and reception buildings which include a commercial kitchen.

Other offerings include a swimming pool, climbing wall, zip line, outdoor amphitheater, and archery and rifle ranges.

John Grant of Park Brokerage Inc. holds the list.

According to the Forest Service, Holcomb Valley Ranch operated as Southern California’s biggest gold rush and mining settlement from 1860 to early 1900s. In 1916, the trio of ranchers behind the Y Double H Cattle Company purchased plots of mining claims. Among them was Hitchcock. He lived on the mountain cattle ranch known as Holcomb Valley Ranch until his death in 1954.

The Boy Scouts took possession of the former Hitchock Ranch in the early 1960s and held a summer resident camp there until 2012, when the program ended. In 2019, the property became a public camp.

An LLC hides the owners. County records show that Holcomb Camp LLC purchased the property from the Boy Scouts of America of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council in May 2019.

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