• Culvert project set for Highway 330 February 18, 2018
    Caltrans begins rehabilitating 12 existing culverts on Highway 330 near Running Springs Wednesday, Feb. 21. The $800,000 project, awarded to United Engineering & Construction of Glendale, will extend the life of the culverts.
  • Big Bear under winter weather advisory February 18, 2018
    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather message/advisory for the San Bernardino Mountains including the cities of Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Running Springs, Wrightwood, Idyllwild, Lake Arrowhead and Crestline.
  • Big Bear Fire, Mercy Air now partners February 14, 2018
    Big Bear Fire Department is flying. The department begins air medical services Wednesday, Feb. 14.
  • Big Bear’s baby eagles have landed February 14, 2018
    Pass the cigars. Jackie and Mr. B, Big Bear’s resident bald eagles, are parents of two bouncing baby eaglets.
  • Scott Thomas Slawta February 14, 2018
    Born Jan. 17, 1958, Scott Thomas Slawta passed away Jan. 17, 2018. Son, father, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and friends. You will be missed. Rest in peace.
  • Reservoir retrofit February 14, 2018
    The reservoir at Big Bear City Community Services District’s Paradise Maintenance Yard is empty. It was drained to allow for earthquake retrofitting and other maintenance.
  • Big Bear Lake listed for mercury February 14, 2018
    Grocery store tuna has about double the mercury levels of the bass in Big Bear Lake. So why is there now an advisory warning people about the mercury levels in fish in Big Bear Lake?
  • Peter Boss tapped as new healthcare district director February 14, 2018
    There’s a new face on the healthcare district board, but Peter Boss is anything but new to health care and the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District.


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.