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:)
  • Fresh snow, clear roads welcome Big Bear visitors February 19, 2017
    If you aren't in Big Bear for the Presidents Day holiday weekend, you are missing out. All roads are open and there is fresh snow in Big Bear for skiers, snowboarders, snow play or just enjoying the ambience.
  • Chains required for mountain roads February 18, 2017
    The latest storm hit Southern California with a wallop Feb. 17 causing flooding, sinkholes and mayhem through the region. Heavy, wet snow fell in Big Bear and traveling to the mountains requires chains on vehicles.
  • Tire chains cause power outage in Fawnskin February 18, 2017
    Some residents on the North Shore were without power for around two hours Feb. 17. Approximately 1,523 Bear Valley Electric Service customers on a Fawnskin distribution circuit experienced an outage from 11:25 am to 1:21 p.m.
  • A quiet hike before the storm February 15, 2017
    Hikers Sandra Cooper and Jeanette Harris decided to get in a good walk before the snowstorm expected to hit the Valley Feb. 17.
  • Animal shelter provides discounted adoption fees February 15, 2017
    If you’re in need of a furry friend, the Big Bear Shelter has the solution for you. The animal shelter is offering discounted adoption fees during its Furever Yours Pet Adoption Event, running until Saturday, Feb. 18.
  • Healthcare district maintains its board meeting schedule February 15, 2017
    During the Feb. 9 Bear Valley Community Healthcare District board meeting, president Donna Nicely read a prepared statement regarding one of the agenda items. The agenda item addressed the conflict in board meeting times between the healthcare district and Big…
  • City officials approve Rathbun plan February 15, 2017
    Things are moving along for the Rathbun Corridor Sustainability Plan, which was approved at a joint meeting of the Big Bear Lake Planning Commission and City Council Feb. 13.
  • ‘Somos familia’ February 15, 2017
    Who are the undocumented immigrants among us in Big Bear? Where do they work? Do they have children here? What are their hopes and fears?


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.