I grew up in rural Idaho where agriculture was the major staple of our little town. A town where it was normal to see someone riding their horse down the middle of the street, or tie it to the post out front.
I do miss living on a farm. There’s nothing like it. Listening to the sprinklers on the crops, the frogs at night, a million stars and lots of hard work! You can get a glimpse of farm life at Bear Valley Farms.
Bear Valley Farms and Equestrian Center recently opened in Big Bear, so I went to check it out. I mean I had to, these are my kind of people! You can learn how to ride a horse there – I recommend it. Even if you are terrified of the large animals you should at least once in your life, go for a horseback ride. The beauty is they offer classes from beginner to advanced. It’s also important to note that they provide therapeutic classes for a variety of special needs.
Want to come rent a cabin from Big Bear Vacations, but don’t know where to board your horse? Look no further! BVF also offers boarding and you can trail ride from there as well. Let the knowledgeable staff take care of your steed. You can find out more about their affordable rates on their website: www.bigbearequestriancenter.com
There is also a petting zoo. This is where my little kid self kicks in! They have bunnies, tiny goats, regular goats and pigs. It’s a great place to take your little ones to see different kinds of animals. And come on – let’s be real – who doesn’t adore baby goats? Anyone? I didn’t think so.
This Saturday, July 12, they will have a bounce house, food and drinks. You can also take a pony and/or hay ride and enter the petting zoo as many times as you would like! $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12 (Tip of the day: If you stay with Big Bear Vacations, you get in for free). Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. So pull up your breeches and go check out some good hometown family fun!
Bear Valley Farms is also thinking ahead, they have a pumpkin patch and a corn maze in the making! Once you visit you are going to love it and Fall will be a great time to revisit this awesome place.
Whether you have never been around farm animals, or you are an expert there is something for everyone at Bear Valley Farms. We also have Big Bear Cabins close to Bear Valley Farms so call a Vacation Planner today and let’s get this party started!