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:)
  • Altitude Adrenaline show choir holds fundraiser at Goldsmith's Boardhouse February 11, 2016
    For six years, Bear Valley Unified School District's Altitude Adrenaline show choir has competed throughout Southern California. In 2015, Big Bear's show choir was ranked No. 1 by ShowChoir.com for the state of California for middle school show choirs. Altitude…
  • Animal Control officer explains prosecuting abuse February 10, 2016
    In a typical year, San Bernardino County Animal Control gets many more reports of animal abuse than actually result in charges. These increase in the winter, with calls about dogs suffering in the cold. John Papp, captain of field services…
  • On the agenda February 10, 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.
  • Plan gathers dust on CSD shelf February 10, 2016
    Nearly eight years have gone by since the Pan Hot Springs Meadow Habitat Management Plan was approved by the Big Bear City Community Services District board of directors. Since its approval, the document has sat on a shelf gathering dust.
  • Discovery Center offers snowshoe tours February 10, 2016
    Join a naturalist for a guided snowshoe tour in the San Bernardino National Forest. Learn how to snowshoe, go for a guided trek through the forest, and explore the forest. Tours are dependent on snow conditions.
  • Challenge may be best teacher February 10, 2016
    Between the trials of elementary school and the tribulations of high school, middle school is a time to regroup and prepare.
  • Exploring Tidwell history February 10, 2016
    Jonni Vindiola is the guest speaker for the Thursday, Feb. 11, Big Bear Historical Society meeting. She will speak on the history of the Tidwell family.
  • Say goodbye to Sloppy Joe, hello to Jolly Green February 10, 2016
    Big Bear’s most frequented breakfast and lunch spot boasts colorful plates, vegetarian options and a nice parfait to accompany cartons of milk.


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.