• Stolen property, methamphetamine recovered during search warrant January 30, 2015
    Deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station seized a large quantity of methamphetamine in Big Bear City while serving a search warrant. Alleged stolen property, cash, paraphernalia and packaging cons
  • School board fast tracks appointment January 28, 2015
    Applications are being accepted for those interested in serving on the Bear Valley Unified School District board of trustees.
  • FACT finding January 28, 2015
    During the past 10 years, Bear Valley Unified School District’s enrollment has decreased by about 1,000 students. It may or may not be reason to consolidate, close or repurpose a school site. It’s up
  • Sheriff's Log January 28, 2015
    Jan. 19
  • A new plan for Paradise January 28, 2015
  • Squatters arrested on burglary charges January 28, 2015
    Deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station arrested Phillip Rombal, 38, and Roxanne Chavez, 24, on Jan. 24 following an investigation that started Jan. 17 with suspected utility theft.
  • Community help asked for accident victim January 28, 2015
    Betty Lynn Boudreau, of Fawnskin, is recovering, but has a long way to go. A recovery fund has been set up to help her financially as she gets back on her feet.
  • Parade heads in the other direction January 28, 2015
    Old Miners Association representatives will ask the city of Big Bear Lake Planning Commission to approve the group’s annual parade. The commission considers the matter Wednesday, Feb. 4.


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.