• Highway 38 reopens, chains required February 16, 2019
    Reports are that Highway 38 is open in all directions, even though Caltrans still reports it closed.
  • Roads to Big Bear remain closed February 15, 2019
    Road closures remain in effect on Highways 18 and 38 due to storm damage and mud slides.
  • Moose Lodge damaged during storm February 15, 2019
    Mother Nature brought plenty of rain to Big Bear for Valentine's Day, but she left behind a mess to clean up.
  • Big Bear drying out February 15, 2019
    Flood waters have mostly receded and much of the debris flow on main roads in Big Bear has been cleared. Left behind are downed trees, icy roads, chilly temperatures and snow in the forecast.
  • Structure fire reported in Sugarloaf February 15, 2019
    UPDATE: Fire crews have knocked down a fire in a small hone in Sugarloaf that was reported about 7 p.m. It’s unknown if anyone was at home at the tine of the fire.
  • More road closures reported February 15, 2019
    As the heavy rain continues, road closures in the Valley mount.
  • Trees fall in Big Bear and beyond February 14, 2019
    Trees and power lines are falling throughout Big Bear Valley due to the major rain storm that has pounded Big Bear on this 2019 Valentine’s Day.
  • Little Arctic Circle in Big Bear closed. February 14, 2019
    Highway 18 between Big Bear Dam and Boulder Bay is closed due the roadway partially washing away.


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.