• Weather advisory in place October 30, 2014
    A winter weather advisory has been issued for the local mountains.
  • Building a new multi-use trail October 29, 2014
    Work has begun on the Knickerbocker Creek multi-use trail on the eastern edge of the Village area of Big Bear Lake. Workers were installing fencing on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
  • Arctic Circle reopens to full traffic Thursday, Oct. 30 October 29, 2014
    Caltrans maintenance crews will complete the work to prepare State Route 18 in the Arctic Circle between Snow Valley and Big Bear Dam for the winter Wednesday, Oct. 29.  The final day of full closure
  • Changes ahead for park advisory committee October 29, 2014
    Two new committee members have or will soon take their seats on the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District advisory committee. But there is at least one new vacancy to fill, possibly two dependi
  • Board president resigns, leaving Big Bear October 29, 2014
    Bear Valley Community Healthcare District board president Sara Russ announced via Facebook Oct. 22 that she would resign from her position immediately. 
  • Celebrate spooky, sweet Halloween October 29, 2014
    Halloween is right around the corner and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. The Grizzly rounded up some of Big Bear’s many spooky options for your trick-or-treating pleasure. Happy haunting! 
  • Fuels reduction project slated for November October 29, 2014
    The U.S. Forest Service plans to remove trees and slash in areas Big Bear Valley beginning Nov. 4. Helicopters will be used.
  • Spike strip stops suspect October 28, 2014
    Sirens invaded the early morning as authorities pursued a suspect believed to be driving a stolen vehicle.


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.