• Big Bear Kmart not on latest list of closures October 19, 2018
    With the announcement that Sears Holdings was filing for bankruptcy Oct. 15, the question for Big Bear shoppers is — how will this affect the Big Bear Kmart?
  • Fire weather watch in effect October 19, 2018
    The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch that continues through Saturday, Oct. 20, for Orange County and the Inland Empire.
  • Anne Bush departs Planning Commission after 11 years October 19, 2018
    The flag salute was over and the roll called. Soon Anne Bush arrived at the part of the Big Bear Lake Planning Commission’s agenda where, as chairman of the board, she reads over the meeting’s presentations.
  • MWD election goes on as scheduled October 19, 2018
    Contrary to what you may have heard in the past 24 hours about an election cancellation for the Big Bear Municipal Water District Division 2 board member, the election is still a go. That’s according to Melissa Eichman, public information…
  • LifeStream returns to Big Bear October 17, 2018
    Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood. The LifeStream bus is in Big Bear for a community blood drive Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Starbucks.
  • Moonridge residents want advance notice October 17, 2018
    The sun once shined directly into Allen and Karen Grossman’s Moonridge home, making the need for daytime lights unnecessary.
  • Early voting open for the statewide general election October 17, 2018
    Voting in the Nov. 6 election has begun at the county of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters office.
  • Dreams and fantasies on tour October 17, 2018
    What are you doing New Year’s Day 2019? If you are like millions across the country, you are parked in front of the TV, coffee in hand, maybe a pastry or two, maybe even Bloody Mary, watching the Tournament of…


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.