• Webb wins CIF Southern Section title November 22, 2014
    Caleb Webb is going to state. The Big Bear senior won the Southern Section Division 4 cross-country title Nov. 22 to qualifying for the State Championships.  Webb won with a time of 14 minutes, 42 sec
  • Resorts set to open November 22, 2014
    Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are ready to open. Big Bear's mountain resorts have been making snow in preparation for the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season.
  • Big Bear bows out of playoffs November 22, 2014
    The Big Bear football season came to an end Nov. 21 in Templeton with a 34-28 loss to the Northern League champions.
  • Main phone lines down at Bear Valley Community Hospital November 21, 2014
    The Bear Valley Community Hospital is experiencing a temporary telephone system failure Friday, Nov. 21. According to the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District website, they hope to have it repair
  • Chains required November 21, 2014
    A light dusting of snow overnight brought out the need for chains or snow tires on Highway 18 from just north of Highway 330 to the Big Bear Dam.
  • Sugarloaf woman pleads guilty to child abduction charges November 21, 2014
    Melissa Epperly, 32, of Sugarloaf, will spend time in jail for keeping her young son from his father for more than a year.
  • Two beloved board members say goodbye November 20, 2014
    Al Waner and Randy Putz are taking their final bows as members of the Bear Valley Unified School District board of directors tonight. 
  • Winter is on its way November 19, 2014
    No snow is falling from the bright blue skies, but thanks to Santa Ana wind conditions that brought cold, dry temperatures, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain have been making snow. As long as weather cond


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.