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:)
  • Lane closures on Big Bear Boulevard for July 6-13 June 30, 2016
    Bear Valley Electric Service has released the following dates and locations for lane closures on Big Bear Boulevard for the undergrounding project.
  • Story Time and more at the Discovery Center June 29, 2016
    Bring the kids to the Big Bear Discovery Center’s Story Time events Saturday,
  • On the agenda June 29, 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.
  • Fireworks display a Big Bear tradition June 29, 2016
    It’s long been considered one of the top Fourth of July fireworks displays in all of Southern California. The Big Bear Fireworks Spectacular put on by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake is set to deliver to more than…
  • Zoo receives bobcat cubs June 29, 2016
    They are the newest residents of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. But visitors won’t be able to see the two week-old bobcat cubs. That’s because they are candidates for rehab and release, according to Bob Cisneros, Big Bear Alpine Zoo…
  • Fire use restricted on San Bernardino National Forest June 29, 2016
    Due to the ongoing drought in the state of California, the San Bernardino National Forest has fire restrictions and guidelines for visitors. Forest visitors are encouraged to call ahead to the local ranger station to check on local conditions and…
  • Class of ’86 hosts reunion June 29, 2016
    The Big Bear High School class of 1986 is planning an alumni event for Sept. 17. The event is open to all BBHS alumni regardless of graduation year. The event is at the Wine Room at Wolf Creek Resort at…
  • Celebrate independence from fear of speaking June 29, 2016
    If you are afraid to speak up, here is the group for you. Attend the next meeting of Bearly Speaking Toastmasters at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, and learn public speaking techniques in a safe, fun and supportive environment.


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.