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:)
  • Gas outage in Big Bear City September 28, 2016
    Approximately 50 Southwest Gas customers were affected when a natural gas outage occurred at around 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28. The outage occurred on Rainbow Boulevard between Pinon Drive and Bear Horn Drive in Big Bear City, said Sonya Headen, media…
  • Candidates host mixer September 28, 2016
    Two candidates running for office on two Valley boards are teaming up to host a meet and greet mixer Wednesday, Oct. 5.
  • Sheriff's Log September 28, 2016
    Sept. 19
  • Join DOVES and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes September 28, 2016
    DOVES, the Domestic Violence Education and Services organization, hosts its annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march Oct. 2 at noon.
  • Community Emergency Response Team offers course September 28, 2016
    A new session of CERT training begins Oct. 17 in Big Bear City.
  • A business welcome September 28, 2016
    Bear Valley Center for Spiritual Enrichment hosts a Homecoming Sunday Celebration Oct. 2 following regular Sunday services. The event is a thank you to honor Big Bear businesses that have donated to the center. Past, present and new members are…
  • Light up Fawnskin for the holidays September 28, 2016
    The North Shore Improvement Association is taking orders for lighted Christmas reindeer. The reindeer can be used by Fawnskin homeowners and businesses to brighten the town of Fawnskin during December.
  • Closures, delays on North Shore Drive, Stanfield Cutoff for race September 28, 2016
    The Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon/5K/10K foot race presented by The Robinhood Resort is Saturday, Oct. 1. To ensure the safety of runners and motorists, several road closures are required during the race.


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.