• Hugh Bialecki guest speaker at Sierra Club meeting October 17, 2019
    The Big Bear Group of the Sierra Club meets Thursday, Oct. 17, to discuss water, traffic, biological impacts and more. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Big Bear Discovery Center.
  • Motor home fire destroys RVs, boat October 16, 2019
    One man was injured and several recreational vehicles destroyed by a motor home fire at Fox Farm Storage in Big Bear Lake.
  • Sears Holdings to close more Kmart, Sears stores by 2020 October 16, 2019
    The Big Bear Kmart store has been the Valley’s only major department store the past 27 years. For the past couple of years the status of the store has been in question as the parent company, Sears Holdings, struggled financially.
  • Record fundraising ride for USARC October 16, 2019
    Adaptability. The word epitomizes the goals for the US Adaptive Recreation Center. It is also the word that best describes the 30 cyclists and 16 volunteers who participated in the 25th anniversary of the Peak 2 Peak Pedal.
  • Road work in Arctic Circle set October 16, 2019
    Caltrans maintenance crews will be busy on State Route 18 Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 22 and 23. There will be a one-way flagging operation from Snow Valley to the Bear Valley Dam from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guardrail…
  • CABB preps for Big Bear winter season October 16, 2019
    The Community Advocates of Big Bear meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Historic Chapel at Community Church Big Bear.
  • Give hope, give life, give blood October 16, 2019
    The LifeStream bus returns to Big Bear Monday, Oct. 21, for a community blood drive at Stater Bros. From
  • Traffic delays in Big Bear City October 14, 2019
    A utility pole installation on Big Bear Boulevard just west of Maple Lane is causing slight delays during the morning commute in Big Bear City.

Zoo

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

http://www.moonridgezoo.org

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

http://www.baldwinlakestables.com

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.