• Sugarloaf Fire Station saved from closure — for now April 18, 2019
    After three-plus hours of comments, concerns and rallies of keep our station open, Big Bear Fire Department will do just that. The Big Bear Fire Authority board voted to pursue budget option C, which will keep the Sugarloaf Fire Station…
  • Prep sports calendars belong to Bear Backers April 17, 2019
    Somebody may be misrepresenting themselves as Big Bear High School sports calendar representatives. Bear Backers wants the public and businesses to know their group is the only group working with the high school to produce sports calendars.
  • On the agenda April 17, 2019
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Check each agency’s website for a copy of the latest meeting agenda and supporting documents, and minutes from previous meetings. Or call each individual agency for more…
  • And then there were four April 17, 2019
    Big Bear residents are feeling like indulging grandparents this week. Shadow and Jackie are parents.
  • Celebrate the Earth in Big Bear Valley April 17, 2019
    Reduce, reuse, recycle and respect. Earth Day is Monday, April 22. But in keeping with the slogan that Earth Day is every day, Earth Day events take place throughout the holiday weekend. Attend one or all and show your support…
  • Big Bear elementary schools host kindergarten enrollment events April 17, 2019
    Bear Valley Unified School District has set early enrollment events at its elementary schools for kindergarten and TK. Meet the principal, receive enrollment materials and information, and tour the school. Parents may bring their children and family to the program.
  • Big Bear Fire revisits budget options April 17, 2019
    On April 17, at 4:30 p.m. the Big Bear Fire Station will open its doors for a budget workshop. The meeting of the Big Bear Fire Authority board is open to the public, and it’s expected that Big Bear residents…
  • Use public transit for free April 17, 2019
    Mountain Transit celebrates Earth Day with free rides.


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.