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:)
  • Senior center closed because of construction August 16, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Senior Center at 42651 Big Bear Boulevard between Division Drive and Standfield Cutoff is closed Wednesday, Aug. 16. Road construction along that section of Big Bear Boulevard makes it a challenge to get to and from…
  • Birdfeed the bears August 16, 2017
    Imagine Maurie Gomez’s surprise when her coon hound, Gingersnap, alerted her to an intruder in the yard of her Big Bear City home a few days ago. Instead of a bandit set on breaking and entering, Gomez discovered a bear…
  • Road renovations August 16, 2017
    It’s been a while since Division Drive was significantly repaired or repaved. That all changes this week.
  • Prom night at YMCA Camp Oakes August 16, 2017
    Campers lined up for a makeover near the dining hall at YMCA Camp Oakes Aug. 10. They were getting dolled up for a dinner dance later that evening.
  • Looking Back August 16, 2017
    The Grizzly is completing its 76th year of publication. To commemorate three quarters of a century of reporting Bear Valley news, we’re taking a look back at what happened this week during various time periods through the past 75 years.
  • Bear Valley Electric Service works on SCADA automation, reliability August 16, 2017
    Last week started off a little dark. Around 9:50 a.m. Aug. 7, part of Big Bear Lake experienced a power outage lasting 1 hour and 36 minutes.
  • On the Agenda August 16, 2017
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s website.
  • Sugarloaf property purchase on Big Bear Fire Authority agenda August 16, 2017
    For years there have been talks about the need for a larger Sugarloaf Fire Station. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the Big Bear Fire Authority may take steps to finally address the issue.


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.