• Time for a cold one in Big Bear June 19, 2018
    The July 4 issue of Big Bear Now is the beer issue and we want your opinion. Tell us what, and why you drink beer in Big Bear by taking this 2 minute survey.
  • Fundraiser for Isaac Angulo June 19, 2018
    At the age of 32, Isaac Angulo was diagnosed with progressive primary multiple sclerosis. Now, at age 37, his condition is deteriorating rapidly.
  • School year comes to end in Big Bear June 16, 2018
    Bear Valley Unified School District campuses said goodbye to the 2017-18 school year. Seniors at Big Bear and Chautauqua High Schools were celebrated at graduation ceremonies. Eighth-graders were promoted at Big Bear Middle School, sixth-graders made the leap to middle…
  • Fire reported June 14, 2018
    UPDATE: The commercial structure fire was a washing machine at the Sugar Tub Laundromat in Sugarloaf. No major damage reported, and no injuries. Big Bear Fire Department personnel were on scene and extinguished the fire quickly.
  • Summer college plans for 10 Big Bear students June 13, 2018
    As the 2017-18 school year comes to an end, there are 10 Big Bear Middle School girls making college plans.
  • Learn to dance at the Senior Center June 13, 2018
    Join the fun, make new friends, socialize and learn to dance. Bear Valley Ballroom Dancers meets the first, third and fifth Friday of the month at the Big Bear Valley Senior Center.
  • Sheriff’s Log June 13, 2018
    June 5
  • Caltrans preps for bridge work on Route 38 June 13, 2018
    Motorists can expect minor delays on State Route 38 at Mountain Home Creek Bridge from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25-30 for bridge maintenance. There will be one-way traffic control and one lane open during the construction period.


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.