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:)
  • Light up Fawnskin for the holidays October 19, 2016
    Missed the deadline to order a reindeer through the North Shore Improvement Association? Don’t worry. The group is still taking orders for lighted Christmas reindeer. The reindeer can be used by Fawnskin homeowners and businesses to brighten the town of…
  • Sheriff's Log October 19, 2016
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  • The complicated path to health coverage October 19, 2016
    Health insurance can be a tricky subject, especially in a rural place like Big Bear Valley. Luckily there are options for residents whether you have Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), Medicare or Covered California.
  • On the agenda October 19, 2016
    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.
  • Proposed cell tower site on Forest Service list October 19, 2016
    Projects are a large part U.S. Forest Service business, and that includes the San Bernardino National Forest. The Forest Service Schedule of Proposed Actions, or SOPA, is a list of proposals and projects being considered by the Forest Service.
  • Caltrans sets road construction schedule for the week of Oct. 16 October 19, 2016
    Various projects are ongoing on state highways in the Big Bear Valley area as Caltrans prepares for the winter season. Here are a few
  • Dining on a starry, starry night October 19, 2016
    DOVES, the Domestic Violence Education & Services nonprofit organization, hosts its annual gala fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 22. Starry Starry Night is a special night of dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions at Community Church Big Bear.
  • Collaboration for early literacy event October 19, 2016
    It’s time to lend an ear because The Mom & Dad Project is collaborating with the Big Bear Lake Library for its annual Read for the Record event


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.