Your Guide to a Pet-Friendly Winter Vacation in Big Bear

If you’re looking for the best pet-friendly winter vacation spot in Southern California, Big Bear Lake is a clear winner. Whether you hike or snowshoe, we have forests full of trails just right for you and your four-legged friend. There are plenty of options for pet-friendly lodging in Big Bear, and a few restaurants with outdoor patio seating for you and your fur baby, even in the winter.

Girl+dog in snow

        Pet-Friendly Hiking/Snowshoeing Trails in Big Bear

All hiking trails in Big Bear are pet-friendly as long as your critter is on a leash. The three most popular Big Bear hiking trails for you and your four-legged friends are the Alpine Pedal Path, a paved walkway stretching about 2.5 miles along the North Shore; Woodland Interpretive Trail, a 1.5 mile loop trail that meanders through the forest on the North Shore; and Castle Rock Trail, a bit of a steeper climb with boulder outcroppings and sweeping views of Big Bear Lake. For snowshoeing, I recommend Town Trail. Insider Tips: Wildlife Encounters.

Man+dog in snow

        More Big Bear Lake Pet-Friendly Fun

Tails will be waggin’ when you walk along the shores of Big Bear Lake. Bundle up, put on your snow boots and play a game of ‘fetch the snowball’ beside the lake. For winter picnics or BBQ’s, pack up your tastiest tailgater faves and head to one of the parks around Big Bear where you can stake your claim for the day and have fun with the whole family. Meadow Park has picnic/BBQ areas and a fenced in “Bark Park” where your dog can run and play off-leash.

Artsy outside table

        Pet-Friendly Shopping in Big Bear

Find the latest in cool pet gear at Oliver’s Emporium in The Village. They have dog booties in a variety of sizes for hiking with your pet and wax balm to soothe sore paws after a day on the trails. If you plan on playing in the snow, you may want to pick up new sweater or jacket for your fur baby to keep them nice and warm.

Oliver's Emporium

        Pet-Friendly Dining in Big Bear

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a craft brew or a place for a relaxing meal at the end of a cold winter day, there are options for patio dining with your pet. The Bone Yard serves tasty BBQ and has a hip bar filled with crafty brews and bites, not to mention the patio out front with heaters. Oakside Restaurant also allows dogs on their spacious streetside patio and is open daily for lunch, cocktails or dinner, and and Nottinghams Tavern has a pet-friendly dining spot in their secret garden patio…doggie menu included.

Dog Sharing food w/other dog

        Pet-Friendly Lodging in Big Bear

There are so many pet-friendly Big Bear cabins, lodges and hotels. You can choose between properties in the forest, on the lake, in The Village and near the ski resorts. Just visit and pop in your dates, the type of lodging you are looking for, hit the ‘More Filters’ button and select ‘Pet-friendly’. Insider Tip: If you are planning on leaving your pet alone in your lodging while you are on the slopes, please bring a crate so the dog and the property will be safe.

sleepy dog in bed

      Big Bear Veterinarian & Doggie Day Boarding

Things happen. In the event that you need to take your pet to the vet while you’re in Big Bear, we have VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital on the North Shore that is open 7 days a week. Day Boarding services are available if you’d like a free-day to go skiing, ziplining or on a jeep tour. They also have a large pet store where you can find yummy treats, fun play toys and other cool pet gear.


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