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:)
  • Work on Arctic Circle finishes ahead of schedule October 18, 2017
    Caltrans’ winter preparation maintenance work on State Route 18 in the Arctic Circle nears completion one week ahead of schedule. Work is expected to be finished Thursday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. according to a press release from Caltrans.
  • Spa offers day of free services for cancer patients October 18, 2017
    As part of Sparks of Light Day, Elevations Day Spa in Big Bear Lake will offer free services for cancer patients on Nov. 6. The spa offers massages, facials, manicures and pedicures for participants based on availability.
  • Emergency alerts available for residents October 18, 2017
    With fires raging in Northern California with many casualties, now is the time to update emergency information. Residents in San Bernardino County are urged to sign up for emergency alerts via text message and Voiceover Internet Protocol. Features of the…
  • Sierra Club holds final meeting of 2017 October 18, 2017
    Head over to the Big Bear Discovery Center, Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. for the final Sierra Club Big Bear Group meeting of the year.
  • DOVES recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month October 18, 2017
    On Thursday, Oct. 19, DOVES encourages the community to participate in Purple Thursday by wearing or displaying purple to raise awareness about domestic violence. Share a photo using the hashtag #PurpleThursday on social media.
  • On the Agenda October 18, 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 with proper advance notification. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.
  • Service commemorates Reformation October 18, 2017
    The Shepherd in the Pines Lutheran Church in Big Bear Lake holds a special anniversary service, “Reformation 2017 — It’s Still All About Jesus!”
  • Complaint prevents hangar rate talk October 18, 2017
    Big Bear Airport Director Joseph Kelly has filed a complaint against three of his colleagues.


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.