• Lightning strike causes fire near Gold Mountain August 17, 2018
    In the midst of a thunderstorm that brought heavy rain, lightning also sparked a fire north of Highway 18 on Aug. 16.
  • Forest Service resumes sale of wood permits August 17, 2018
    After a couple months on hiatus, wood cutting permits are once again for sale in Big Bear Valley, the U.S. Forest Service confirmed Aug. 16.
  • Heavy rains deluge Big Bear Valley August 16, 2018
    And the rains come again — along with thunder, lightning and a bit of hail. At around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, a large thunderstorm cell covered most of Big Bear Valley. Flash flooding is possible. Please use caution if…
  • Units respond to report of possible fire August 16, 2018
    UPDATE: 12:29 p.m. Aug. 16. A small fire has been spotted in the area and firefighters have responded to the Gold Incident. A 20-foot X 20-foot fire sparked up in the Gold Mountain area north of Highway 18 Thursday Aug…
  • Flash flood watch in effect for Big Bear August 16, 2018
    The skies opened up over the eastern portion of Big Bear Valley yesterday, and today, Aug. 16, could be a repeat.
  • Flooding, rock slides close highway August 15, 2018
    UPDATE: 5:54p.m. Rain has lightened up some and Highway 18 to Lucerne Valley has been cleared.
  • Traffic collision near Snow Valley August 15, 2018
    At 11:46 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, there was a report of a single vehicle traffic collision near Snow Valley on Highway 18. The vehicle landed on its side in a ditch. California Highway Patrol responded to the incident. The vehicle…
  • Sharks in Big Bear? August 15, 2018
    That’s right, at least on the big screen. The Sierra Club Big Bear Group shows a documentary about sharks on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Big Bear Discovery Center.


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.