• Starbucks to close all company-owned locations for training May 29 April 18, 2018
    Starbucks Coffee Company announced April 17 it will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States during the afternoon of May 29 to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in the stores. Training will be provided to…
  • Cox, Allen square off at the county Republican Endorsement Convention April 18, 2018
    The San Bernardino County Republican Party’s central committee tried something new April 14 in Ontario. Members of the party gathered at the Holiday Inn near the airport to hear speeches by a number of state and local government candidates. The…
  • Lighthouse Youth Orchestras dominate Judges Invitational April 18, 2018
    Friday the 13th was a lucky day for the Lighthouse Youth Orchestras. The groups took first place in Middle School Orchestra and High School Orchestra at the Judges Invitational Competition, a special event of the Forum Music Festivals held at…
  • Nottinghams hosts Rose Parade fundraiser April 18, 2018
    Big Bear has been accepted into the 2019 Tournament of Roses.
  • Shooting fun fair in Lucerne Valley April 28 April 18, 2018
    Spend a day at the Lucerne Valley Lions Club and Shooting Range April 28. It’s the High Desert Shooting Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Documentary screens at Whispering Pines April 18, 2018
    The award-winning documentary “Take Back Your Power — the Truth About Smart Meters” is back for a second screening after a successful first showing a few weeks ago. The 83-minute program on smart meters will be shown at Whispering Pines…
  • Women’s Connection celebrates spring April 18, 2018
    The next Women’s Connection luncheon’s theme is spring picnics and lemonade. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25 at the The Lodge at Big Bear Lake.
  • For our consideration April 18, 2018
    It’s not something that can happen overnight. There are more questions than answers at this stage of the game. Valleywide incorporation has been considered before and failed. Now, some residents believe it is time to reconsider the proposal.


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.