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:)
  • Airport District announces vacancy on board April 28, 2016
    Due to the resignation of board member Gary Steube, there is a vacancy on the Big Bear Airport Board of Directors. Pursuant to Government Code Section 1780, the board notifies the community of the vacancy and is soliciting candidates/applicants to…
  • Learn how to make your dollars work April 27, 2016
    Budgeting can be a headache. The Adult Learning and Referral Center can help with a free class on how to “Make your Dollars and Sense Work until Next Payday.”
  • Looking back April 27, 2016
    The Grizzly has entered its 75th year of publication. To commemorate three-quarters of a century of reporting Bear Valley news, we’re taking a look back at what happened this week during various time periods through the past 74 years. This…
  • Big Bear Fire Department flips for charity April 27, 2016
    The Big Bear Professional Firefighters Association Local 935 hosts a pancake breakfast Saturday, April 30, from
  • On the Agenda April 27, 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.
  • Fuel reduction set for Angelus Oaks April 27, 2016
    Forest Service Fire crews plan to burn approximately 12 acres as part of the Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project. Weather and conditions permitting, firefighters planned to start the burning project early as April 26.
  • City Council approves funds for Pedal Path April 27, 2016
    Using grant funds, and money from the U.S. Forest Service and the city of Big Bear Lake, the Alpine Pedal Path on the North Shore will get a much-needed makeover.
  • Photography club back in action April 27, 2016
    Winter is over and the Big Bear Photography Club is back with monthly meetings and field trips planned throughout the year. Those interested in photography are encouraged to join the group.


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.