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:)
  • Holcomb Fire nears complete containment June 25, 2017
    Southern California Incident Management Team 2 will transfer incident command to the San Bernardino National Forest as of 6 p.m. Sunday, June 25, with Michael Koontz serving as Incident Commander.
  • Holcomb Fire nears containment June 25, 2017
    The Holcomb Fire is 91 percent contained as of June 25, mapped at 1,503 acres.
  • Crews make progress on Holcomb Fire June 23, 2017
    The beginning of what could, and most likely will, be a long, hot fire season began with the Holcomb Fire June 19. Reported around 3 p.m., the fire started near Holcomb Valley Road and Highway 18 in Big Bear City.
  • Highway 18 reopens June 23 June 23, 2017
    Closed due to the Holcomb Fire, Highway 18 between Big Bear and Lucerne Valley is scheduled to reopen Friday, June 23, at 6 a.m.
  • Garbage collection continues during fire June 21, 2017
    Big Bear Disposal trucks are operating as usual today with one main difference. Instead of taking full trucks to the Big Bear Transfer station, two employees are driving those to the Heaps Peak Transfer Station between Running Springs and Lake…
  • Public's help needed with Holcomb Fire June 21, 2017
    U.S. Forest Service investigators are asking for the public's assistance to help establish the cause of the Holcomb Fire which started June 19. It's burned 1,200 acres in the Holcomb Valley area northeast of Big Bear Valley.
  • Power outages possible, Bear Valley Electric begins rolling blackouts June 21, 2017
    UPDATE: June 21 —Because of the limited power sources in the Valley, Bear Valley Electric began rolling blackouts in various Big Bear neighborhoods.The outage in Sugarloaf was expected to be restored by 3 p.m., the approximate time of restoration in…
  • Curbside chipping helps prevent Valley wildfires June 21, 2017
    Get your chip together, then log onto www.thinisin.org for removal of your tree and brush trimmings.


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.