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:)
  • Shredding paper for charity April 26, 2017
    The Big Bear Board of Realtors hosts its annual shred event May 16 from
  • City expands boulevard widening project April 26, 2017
    The left-hand turn lane on Big Bear Boulevard at Division Drive is getting bigger, much bigger. The city of Big Bear Lake originally planned to expand the left turn pocket from Division Drive west to Stalcup Landscape, and began work…
  • Airport considers next steps for Bear City Park April 26, 2017
    Dustin Leno doesn’t want to fence in the land formerly known as Bear City Park. The Big Bear Airport general manager is reaching out to the neighborhoods and organizations that use the property.
  • Trails Foundation hosts open house April 26, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation encourages trail users — hikers, cyclists and equestrians — to attend its New Trails Plan open house Wednesday, April 26, at the Big Bear Discovery Center.
  • On the agenda April 26, 2017
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.
  • Help tree the zoo April 26, 2017
    The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo needs help to make the new zoo a green zoo.
  • Big Bear Lake officials review winter operations April 26, 2017
    Upwards of 60 attendees filled the seats of the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center April 24 to talk about winter, again. The gathering was a joint Big Bear Lake City Council and Planning Commission meeting to address solutions to…
  • Earth Day at the electric company April 26, 2017
    A steady crowd stopped by the Bear Valley Electric Service office April 21, but it wasn’t to pay a bill.


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.