• Pong’s set to reopen May 27, 2015
    Pong’s restaurant, which has been closed since early March after the untimely passing of owner Puangmanee “Pong” Neatherlin, is opening its doors again.
  • Grizzly E-edition registration needed May 27, 2015
    The Grizzly E-edition is headed back behind the paywall on Wednesday, May 27. If you aren’t a subscriber, either print or to the E-edition, now is the time to subscribe. If you are a subscriber, you will need to bind…
  • Supervisors set to hear Erwin Lake Market appeal May 27, 2015
  • On the Agenda May 27, 2015
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.
  • New Adopt-A-Trail program to help maintain trails May 27, 2015
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation is calling on businesses and organizations to help clean up area hiking and biking trails through its new Adopt-A-Trail program.
  • Schools navigate new standards May 27, 2015
    Teachers and trustees spent most of a nearly five-hour Bear Valley Unified School District meeting May 20 discussing implementation of new curriculum standards. What was supposed to be a 20-minute presentation on the district’s adjustment to Common Core went on…
  • Six to be recognized for community service May 27, 2015
    The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake host its 18th annual Eagle of Excellence Community Service Awards Ceremony and Dinner June 7. Six Valley residents will be honored.
  • Middle schoolers host Rathbun corridor community meeting May 27, 2015
    The students of Big Bear Middle School are sharing ideas about opportunities for the Rathbun Corridor Sustainability Plan, and they want to hear what you have to offer.


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.