• Traffic accident cleared December 24, 2014
    Highway 18 to Lucerne Valley is now open and clear.
  • Contractor selected for zoo project December 24, 2014
    The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted this week to approve a contractor for the Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s relocation project. 
  • PHOTOS: Firefighters Shopping Spree December 24, 2014
    Big Bear, CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service fire departments treated 30 local youngsters to a shopping spree at Kmart Dec. 23 just in time for the holidays.
  • Airport board in GM time crunch December 24, 2014
    Pete Gwaltney plans to retire as the Big Bear City Airport general manager in March. That makes finding a replacement an immediate priority for the Big Bear Airport board of directors.
  • Firefighters light up the season December 24, 2014
  • Interim administrator sets goals December 24, 2014
    As Bear Valley Community Healthcare District continues its search for a permanent CEO, interim CEO Randy Simmons is settling in.
  • BIG BEAR ORIGINALS: Big Bear Country Dance Club December 24, 2014
    Big Bear Originals is The Grizzly’s multimedia series. This online series looks at the people and places that make Big Bear unique. It features a new multimedia story on our website as a regular featu
  • A 2015 homecoming for Adam December 24, 2014
    UPDATE: Adam's release date has been moved up. He is scheduled for a Dec. 30 release and will start 2015 at home. The release date is an update to the Dec. 24 story published in The Grizzly below.


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.