About this Site

This site was created by a mom, teacher, and writer who loves to visit Big Bear Lake, California! I wanted one site with all the info needed for our family trips--news, attractions, addresses, links, and phone numbers. Hopefully it's helpful to other visitors too:)
  • Smoke from Sand Fire visible in Big Bear July 23, 2016
    The Sand Fire, which started July 22 at 2:14 p.m. near the northbound Highway 14 and Sand Canyon Road area west of Agua Dulce near the Angeles National Forest. Smoke from this fire is visible in the sky in the…
  • Big Bear Boulevard construction schedule July 26-29 July 23, 2016
    Bear Valley Electric Service continues its project to relocate power lines underground on Big Bear Boulevard. Due to the construction, there are lane closures along the road during the project.
  • Water district discusses lake health and drought during special meeting July 22, 2016
    The Big Bear Municipal Water District held a special meeting with its board of directors July 20.
  • Water district votes to list Catalina Road property July 22, 2016
    The Big Bear Municipal Water District board of directors unanimously approved listing the district’s Catalina Road property during the July 21 meeting, well, the ones who could vote anyway.
  • 17 Big Bear seats up for election July 20, 2016
    The filing period for those interested in running for office opened July 18. Potential candidates have until Aug. 12 to throw their hats in the ring.
  • United Way sponsors school supply drive July 20, 2016
    Arrowhead United Way’s mission is to support education by providing learning supplies for disadvantaged students whose academic success is threatened by poverty. The organization’s annual school supply drive goes through Monday, July 25.
  • Elks honor Big Bear firefighters July 20, 2016
    July 12 was a festive occasion at the Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge #1787. The lodge hosted a Firefighters Appreciation Dinner for the Valley’s firefighters with more than 60 people in attendance.
  • Huge crowds tour Big Bear xeriscape gardens July 20, 2016
    Bark beetles were the culprits. Carl and Cassandra Long can thank those culprits for a garden fit for entertaining with a tag from the Big Bear Fire Department as being Firewise.


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.