• Big Bear restaurants join Inland Empire Restaurant Week October 17, 2014
    Inland Empire Restaurant Week features several local restaurants this year. The promotional event begins Oct. 17 and runs through Oct. 26.
  • Airplane crash reported October 16, 2014
    UPDATE: Three people were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center after being injured in a plane crash near Big Bear.
  • MWD names Mike Stephenson general manager October 16, 2014
    The board of the Big Bear Municipal Water District met briefly on Oct. 16 to approve the contract for Mike Stephenson as general manager.
  • Highway 38 project continues October 16, 2014
    Caltrans and All American Asphalt continue the $10 million pavement rehabilitation project on State Route 38 between Forest Falls and Greenway Drive in the San Bernardino Mountains. The project began
  • Caltrans workers assaulted by motorist October 16, 2014
    The California Highway Patrol is investigating an assault on two Caltrans employees near the Bear Valley Dam that occurred Oct. 9. The workers received minor injuries.
  • Traffic delays possible October 16, 2014
    Motorists using Big Bear Boulevard between Greenspot/Highway 38 and Shore Boulevard in the Big Bear City area should prepare for delays today.
  • City hall goes solar October 15, 2014
    Wonder what all the construction is at the east parking lot at Big Bear Lake City Hall? The city's solar panel project is in full swing. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, workers were in full force working on th
  • County doing cleanup October 15, 2014
    Expect possible short delays along Stanfield Cutoff Oct. 15 as San Bernardino County works to clean out Stanfield Marsh pipes. In addition to cleaning out debris and built-up sediment, county workers


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.