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:)
  • Resorts prepped for opening Friday, Dec. 8 December 8, 2017
    Although the ski season is getting a little bit of a late start, Big Bear Mountain Resort General Manager Wade Reeser said he’s optimistic they have a great season ahead.
  • Construction equipment tips, Big Bear Boulevard closed most of the day December 7, 2017
    Around 9 a.m. Dec. 6, Conklin Auto Shop owner Jim Conklin heard a crash while standing outside his shop on Big Bear Boulevard in the Red Ant Hill area of Big Bear Lake. Paving equipment flipped on its side on…
  • Firefighters checking on report of smoke on North Shore December 6, 2017
    UPDATE: 12:41 p.m., Dec. 6. The Delamar incident was located in the forest north of Big Bear Lake by use of helicopter. The fire was in a small area and the full rate of spread has been halted. A small…
  • Recovering in Fawnskin December 6, 2017
    Brandon Dufault’s life changed in an instant Oct. 12. The 2012 Big Bear High School graduate was the victim of a shooting in Aliso Viejo. The attack claimed the lives of his landlords — Douglas Ferguson and Lisa Consenza —…
  • American Legion hosts kids holiday party December 6, 2017
    Attention all Big Bear Valley children ages 2 to 12. The annual American Legion Children’s Holiday Party is Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake.
  • Future of funds from Bear City Park sale are unknown December 6, 2017
    It’s been eight months since the sale of Bear City Park to the Big Bear Airport District. The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District is moving closer to a decision on how to use the funds from the sale.
  • Hospital employees practice what they preach December 6, 2017
    The Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is going meatless, on Mondays at least.
  • Forest Service sets winter burning December 6, 2017
    The U.S. Forest Service plans to implement prescribed burning operations on the San Bernardino National Forest in the upcoming months as conditions allow.


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.