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:)
  • Chamber Gala sells out, standbys accepted December 7, 2016
    If you waited to make your reservations for the Big Bear Chamber’s Annual Gala, you could be out of luck. “We are happy to report the Chamber’s annual gala is already sold out, even two months in advance of the…
  • Forest Service seeks public input on project December 7, 2016
    The San Bernardino National Forest has initiated a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis for the Lake Fire Restoration and Hazardous Tree Removal Project.
  • Santa Claus, crafts and pancakes December 7, 2016
    Santa Claus makes a stop at Baldwin Lane Elementary School Saturday,
  • On the agenda December 7, 2016
    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.
  • Santa Claus plans to visit Big Bear youngsters December 7, 2016
    The holiday season has arrived, and once again the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake is giving Santa an assist in Big Bear Valley.
  • Civil Air Patrol honors cadets December 7, 2016
    Individuals ranging from 11-year-old kids to Vietnam veterans of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 6750 were honored at the awards banquet Dec. 3.
  • Rare glimpse inside the Masonic Lodge December 7, 2016
    Freemasonry is a brotherhood. The oldest and largest worldwide fraternity is dedicated to remembering the lessons of the past and applying those values to everyday life and actions, according to the Big Bear Masonic Lodge website.
  • Looking Back December 7, 2016
    The Grizzly has entered its 76th year of publication. To commemorate three quarters of a century of reporting Bear Valley news, we’re taking a look back at what happened this week during various time periods through the past 75 years.


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.