• Hope Academy plans improvements August 26, 2015
    As enrollment grows at Hope Academy Charter School’s Big Bear Lake location, students will soon get a new place to play, while employees get more space to park. The Big Bear Lake Planning Commission approved an application Aug. 19 to…
  • Unique items featured at Peddler’s Market August 26, 2015
    The Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge hosts the Peddler’s Market Antique and Collectibles Show Sept. 5 and 6.
  • Quilters busy as bears for show August 26, 2015
    Entries have been steadily coming in for the 2015 Busy Bears Quilt Show. The annual event hosted by the Busy Bears Quilt Guild is Sept. 5-6 at Big Bear Middle School.
  • Health Fair celebrates six years August 26, 2015
    Are you in need of a little tune up? Looking for some information to create a healthier lifestyle, maybe get your hearing or eyes checked? Then mark Saturday, Aug. 29, on your calendar.
  • On the Agenda August 26, 2015
    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 websites.
  • FBI agents guest speakers at COAD barbecue August 26, 2015
    The Big Bear Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster hosts a community barbecue potluck meeting Monday, Aug. 31, and two agents from the FBI will be there.
  • Take control and Empower YourSelf August 26, 2015
    The second annual Empower YourSelf women’s health expo is slated for Sept. 19. Offered by Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley Inc. for all women of Big Bear Valley, the free event is at Northwoods Resort in Big Bear Lake.
  • Water conservation topic at conference August 26, 2015
    Amidst a historic drought and a week that saw yet another wildfire dangerously close to Big Bear, the ninth annual San Bernardino County Water Conference took place Aug. 21 at California State University San Bernardino. Officials representing a wide range…


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.