• Victim of house fire identified February 27, 2015
    The San Bernardino County Coroner's office has released the name of the victim of Thursday's house fire in Big Bear Lake.
  • Coffee with a cop February 27, 2015
    On March 10, members of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station invite you to have a cup of coffee with them.
  • Winter weather on the horizon February 26, 2015
    Is another March Miracle in store for Big Bear Valley? That’s what residents are hoping for this weekend when a long overdue winter storm weaves its way to Southern California and the San Bernardino M
  • Deputies search for burglary suspects February 26, 2015
    Authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in a commercial burglary that occurred in Big Bear City in the predawn hours of Feb. 26.
  • Structure fire reported February 26, 2015
    UPDATE: Authorities have confirmed that the structure fire in the 42000 block of Fox Farm Road in Big Bear Lake has claimed the life of a female inside.
  • Hospital auxiliary seeks associate members February 26, 2015
    The annual drive for associate membership in the Bear Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary has begun. The Bear Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary welcomes any individual or organization that would lik
  • Deputies arrest man on drug possession charge February 25, 2015
    Blake Rush, 26, is scheduled to be arraigned on possession charges Thursday, Feb. 26. He was arrested in Big Bear Lake Feb. 24.
  • Talented teens perform at Big Bear Idol competition February 25, 2015
    The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake honored young musicians Feb. 21 at the Big Bear Idol music competition. Nine high school-aged contestants participated in the event at the Big Bear Lake Performing Art


There is a Big Bear zoo, petting zoo, and even a fishing area especially for children. The mountain and Big Bear Valley region has an abundance of wildlife including coyotes, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, snakes, bald eagles, wolverines, skunks, deer, and mountain lions. These animals can be spotted by the lucky tourist. They also explain the fencing around cabins in the area. Grizzly bears used to commonly roam, but have not inhabited the area since the early 1900’s; however black bears have been spotted from time to time in residential areas—and in the zoo, of course.

The Moonridge Animal Park
43285 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA
(909) 878-4200


This is a small, clean, well-kept natural environment where many animals live and thrive. It is a fabulous visit for children. It is not just an exhibit, however. This is a natural environment that participates in species survival programs and animal rescue efforts. Each animal has a story, and each story is posted on the site. Note: the animal park is moving soon. It is currently housed directly across from the ski resort (at the South end of the Golf Course); however, it is moving to the intersection of Moonridge Road and Clubview Drive (at the North end of the Golf Course). Before visiting, be sure to check the status on the website link above.

Baldwin Lake Stables (and Petting Zoo)
46475 Pioneertown Road
Big Bear City, CA 92314
(909) 585-6482


The Baldwin Lake Stables opened in 1988. This equestrian ranch is open year round and offers a variety of rides for people of all ages, including long rides, short pony rides, and options hosted by private guides. You will get great views of the valley. Many people also go for the petting zoo! A wide variety of friendly animals including llamas, goats, sheep, rabbits, and chickens. You can pet and feed them. Available also for parties.

Alpine Trout Lake
440 Catalina Road
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-4532

Currently CLOSED as of August 2010. We will post any update if we receive word of this awesome little fish pond reopening! It has typically been known as a realistic little pond full of fish that kids can visit and be nearly guaranteed of a catch; plus staff cleaned all the fish, rented poles, and did everything else you needed.