• County Board of Supervisors delays 3rd District selection December 13, 2018
    Five candidates for the vacant seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will have to wait a few more days for a board decision. According to Lauren Welch, clerk of the board, on Dec. 12 the board received…
  • Putz chosen to lead Big Bear Lake City Council December 13, 2018
    There’s a new mayor in town. At the Dec. 10 regular meeting of the Big Bear Lake City Council, Randall Putz was chosen by council members as mayor for 2019. Rick Herrick was elected mayor pro tem by his peers.…
  • Units respond to traffic collision on Highway 38 December 12, 2018
    One person is injured, another is reportedly missing after an SUV overturned 5 miles east of Angelus Oaks on Highway 38 Wednesday, Dec. 12.
  • Forest Service plans pile burns in Big Bear area December 12, 2018
    If you see smoke in the sky to the east or south of Big Bear Valley during the next few days, don’t worry. The San Bernardino National Forest fire crews are conducting pile burns.
  • Toy drive for military families December 12, 2018
    The American Legion Riders Chapter 584 is holding a Christmas toy drive to help support the Armed Forces YMCA that helps at least 250 families that are stationed at Twentynine Palms.
  • ESL bids on Sears Holdings stores December 12, 2018
    There is a long way to go before the Sears Holdings bankruptcy issue reaches a conclusion. But for now, there is some good news for Big Bear Lake Kmart employees and shoppers.
  • Bill Jahn makes supervisor short list December 12, 2018
    First there were 48. Then 13. Now, after a full day of interviews and discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 11, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has whittled the list of potential appointees to the 3rd District to five.
  • Conversion to First Foundation complete December 12, 2018
    First Foundation Bank is here to stay. The ATM machines are gone for good.


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.