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:)
  • Pile burning canceled in Big Bear March 22, 2017
    UPDATE: March 22 — Pile burning planned for Big Bear Valley March 22 and 23 has been canceled due to windy conditions.
  • Sugarloaf association sets March meeting March 22, 2017
    Sgt. Steve Syzdloski of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Big Bear Station is the guest speaker at the next Sugarloaf Property Owners Association meeting Saturday, March 25.
  • Municipal Water District closes RV park March 22, 2017
    The Big Bear Municipal Water District is getting out of the RV park business. On March 16, the MWD board of directors voted unanimously to permanently close the agency’s small RV park located next to the MWD office in Big…
  • Give life at community blood drive March 22, 2017
    LifeStream sponsors a community blood drive in Big Bear City Tuesday, March 28, at Big Bear Fire Station 282.
  • Healthcare district looks at affiliation options March 22, 2017
    After struggling to get an affiliation with Loma Linda University Health up and running, the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is considering exploring other options.
  • To everything there is a season March 22, 2017
    The Byrds sang, there’s a time to plant and a time to reap. For Mill Creek Manor Tea Room owners Pat and Art Garza and their son, Tony, it’s time to retire.
  • Practice makes perfect March 22, 2017
    Smooth, bump, bump, back to the pump. That’s how firefighters navigate when they can’t see their surroundings because of smoke caused by a fire. The coupling patterns on a hose will indicate if a firefighter is headed in the right…
  • Trails Foundation hosts open house March 22, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation has been working on a nonmotorized recreational trail network plan. Now that plan is ready for public input. A unified plan presented to the U.S. Forest Service means a greater likelihood the Forest Service…


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.