• Pedaling on patrol April 16, 2014
    Seeing law enforcement personnel on bicycles isn’t something new, even in Big Bear. But there is a new group of folks wearing badges who will soon be patrolling on two wheels: Citizens on Patrol.
  • Airport on the front line April 16, 2014
    After the 1992 Big Bear Earthquake the roads leading out of the Valley were impassable for a considerable length of time. It’s situations like this when the Big Bear City Airport becomes the Valley’s
  • McGeehan shares the simple life of renewal April 16, 2014
    Jen McGeehan, an experienced speaker and new author, shares her story, “My Year in a Yurt,” at the Women’s Connection luncheon on Wednesday, April 23.
  • Earth month culminates in special day April 16, 2014
    Why is the Earth called the blue planet? What happens in the water cycle? Can your family make a difference in California’s water future? Where will the water you drink today be tomorrow? How can pare
  • County reviews project April 16, 2014
    San Bernardino County’s Planning Commission is set to make a decision regarding a market and gas station proposed for the Erwin Lake area of Big Bear City. The commission is likely to hear from a larg
  • Nonprofits ready to ask for BIG support April 16, 2014
    Give BIG is May 8 and about two dozen Big Bear Valley charitable organizations want you to make the giving count.
  • Sheriff's Log April 16, 2014
    April 7
  • No park district meeting tonight April 15, 2014
    The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District advisory committee meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. April 15 at the Big Bear Senior Center has been canceled.


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.