• Starbucks hosts blood drive April 17, 2015
    On Wednesday, April 22, Lifestream visits Starbucks on Big Bear Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a blood drive. While supplies last, donors receive a coupon for a free tall or iced coffee courtesy
  • Have coffee with the cops April 16, 2015
    If you need your morning cuppa’ joe, why not have it with the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station deputies Tuesday, April 21.
  • Bear Valley Electric celebrates conservation April 15, 2015
    Bear Valley Electric hosts the Earth Day Expo Friday, April 17, to bring awareness to conservation and environmental protection.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Open Air Big Bear April 15, 2015
    Do you hike? Cycle? Swim? Run? Paddle? Mountain bike? Run the trails? Climb? Practice yoga? 
  • Sheriff's Log April 15, 2015
    April 6
  • Executive director to leave Mountains Foundation post April 15, 2015
  • Big Bear may face water cuts after all April 15, 2015
    When Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory statewide water restrictions in an April 1 executive order, Big Bear’s water agencies were optimistic that the community’s efforts to conserve water over
  • On The Agenda April 15, 2015
    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,


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.