• PENI gang member arrested in Big Bear August 20, 2019
    Following a routine compliance check, Big Bear deputies arrested member of the PENI gang in Sugarloaf. PENI is Public Enemy No. 1, a street gang that originated in Long Beach.
  • Planners consider hotel renovation project August 19, 2019
    The owners of Marina Resort have big plans. They are asking the Big Bear Lake Planning Commission to give a thumbs up to the renovation plans for the lakefront hotel.
  • Quick response to control Bluff Fire August 18, 2019
    You could smell the smoke in Boulder Bay before you could see it. The Bluff Fire was reported at approximately 12:15 p.m. Aug. 18 and firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire, CalFire and Big Bear Fire…
  • Smoke reported near Bluff Lake south of Big Bear Lake August 18, 2019
    Firefighters are responding to a report of smoke near Bluff Lake above Castle Rock Trail south of Big Bear Lake Sunday, Aug. 18. Units from CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service and Big Bear Fire Authority are responding to the…
  • Bear Valley Electric does its part in wildfire prevention August 16, 2019
    Wildfire season is here. While this year's season thus far has been somewhat mild in comparison to recent years, fire officials are reminding the public to be aware and prepared.
  • Bob Cisneros speaks in Sugarlof August 16, 2019
    The Sugarloaf Property Owners Association meeting on Aug. 24 features the Big Bear Alpine Zoo curator as the guest speaker.
  • Invasive goldspotted oak borer found in Big Bear August 16, 2019
    CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service have a message for Big Bear. Don’t purchase firewood or transport it from other areas into Big Bear. The wood can carry an invasive species that attacks oak trees.
  • Parking restrictions in place in Big Bear Lake August 15, 2019
    Paving project within the city of Big Bear Lake began in mid July and will continue until October.

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.