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Arrowhead Springs
Neighborhood of San Bernardino
The Arrowhead geological monument
The Arrowhead geological monument
The Arrow; A-Hood; The Springs; A.S.
Country United States
State California
City San Bernardino
2,059 - 3,000 ft (1,144.6 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
Official name: The Arrowhead
Reference #: 977

Arrowhead Springs is a highly mountainous neighborhood in the 81-square-mile (210 km2) municipality of San Bernardino, California, officially annexed to the city on November 19, 2009. The neighborhood lies below the Arrowhead geological monument, which is California Historical Landmark #977.

The natural geologic formation of light quartz on the side of the mountains presides over San Bernardino and the rest of the San Bernardino Valley. The city of Lake Arrowhead, California and the adjacent lake, Lake Arrowhead Reservoir, take their names from the formation as does Arrowhead Water. The Native Americans of the San Bernardino Valley thought the Arrowhead pointed to the artesian hot springs below, which are the site of the historic Arrowhead Springs Hotel, Spa, & Bungalows. The region is also home to the Arrowhead Country Club and Golf Course.

The Arrowhead landmark itself is at 34°11′39″N 117°15′35″W / 34.19417°N 117.25972°W / 34.19417; -117.25972.

Arrowhead Springs Hotel and Spa

Arrowhead Springs Resort Archway. circa 1929

The historic Arrowhead Springs Hotel and Spa, located in the Arrowhead Springs neighborhood, encompasses 1,916 acres (7.75 km2) directly beneath the Arrowhead geological monument that presides over the San Bernardino Valley. The resort contains hot springs, in addition to mineral baths and steam caves located deep underground. Long the headquarters for Campus Crusade for Christ, the site now remains largely vacant and unused since their operations moved to Florida.

Panorama of the Arrowhead Springs site showing the Arrowhead Hot Springs Hotel, 1908.

In 1924, architect Arthur B. Benton, designed a rustic concrete entrance archway encased in ornamental boulders. The archway stood 15 feet high with a 26-foot span. It appears the arch location was at 34°10′58″N 117°16′26″W / 34.18278°N 117.27389°W / 34.18278; -117.27389.


The specific plan for the future of the site includes: a new 115-room annex to the existing 135-room hotel; a new 300-room lakefront hotel; new reservoirs and a reconfiguration of the 5-acre (20,000 m2) Lake Vonette; new vineyards, along with the Windy Point restaurant and wine-tasting site; a new 18-hole golf course; 36 new custom estates on fairway-adjacent lots; 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of commercial space, 34 apartment suites built to condominium standards, and 266 condominiums, townhomes, and single-family attached homes in the new Village Walk mixed-use lifestyle center; 300 new condominiums, townhomes, and/or senior apartments in an upscale retirement village; a new 8,600-square-foot (800 m2) spa resort; 429 condominiums, townhomes, and single-family detached homes located adjacent to the golf course; commercial stables at a new polo club and equestrian center; extensive multi-purpose trails and watercourses; a 13.9-acre (56,000 m2) public botanical garden; 7.1 acres (29,000 m2) of private parks; a new 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) office complex; a new 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) conference center; and, 8,000 square feet (740 m2) of commercial space and 285 condominiums, townhomes, and single-family attached homes in the Hilltown development. Existing facilities on the grounds include: a cinema; ten private bungalows previously owned by such people as Eleanor Roosevelt, Lucille Ball, the Marx Brothers, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, and Humphrey Bogart; an outdoor amphitheater; a wedding chapel; the Esther Williams Pool and Cabanas; the Hill Auditorium; several ballrooms; a guard house; tennis courts; and, the Hacienda.

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