• Temporary road closures for North Shore Half Marathon Oct. 3 October 3, 2015
    The Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon/5K/10K race presented by Century 21 Bonnie Blue Saturday, Oct. 3, requires several road closures during the race.
  • Fugitive Friday October 2, 2015
    The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is looking for Jamey Tyler Passmore.
  • Volunteers are needed September 30, 2015
    The Big Bear Discovery Center hosts a Children’s Forest Youth Volunteer informational session for interested volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 3.
  • Sheriff's Log September 30, 2015
    Sept. 21
  • Fire Department opens its doors September 30, 2015
    In recognition of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10 Big Bear Fire Department will host an Open House Saturday, Oct. 3. The community is encouraged to stop by, participate in the day’s planned activities, and learn about fire safety.
  • An intimate evening at Le Dolce Vita September 30, 2015
    Le Dolce Vita Tasting Room, with Erick Allen of Ascension Cellars, and Chef Paul Rivera, hosts An Intimate Evening of Food and Wine Oct. 17.
  • Emergency services on display September 30, 2015
    The Running Springs Fire Department and California Highway Patrol will team up with other local Emergency Services agencies to host an Emergency Services Day for community residents and guests on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Class Act Kidz camp set September 30, 2015
    It’s Broadway Week with Class Act Kidz Oct. 12-16. David Castagner and Jennifer Gail conduct a Class Act Kidz Day Camp through the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley during the Bear Valley Unified School District October break.


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.