Whether you’ve got an LA-native dog who’s never seen the snow or you and your pooch are transplants who miss bounding through the frozen stuff together, there are tons of reasons to bring your pet on a trip to Big Bear. Not all vacation homes for rent here are Fido-friendly, but you can find some options you’ll both enjoy. Consider these tips as you plan your vacation, from finding pet-friendly lodging options to having a safe and successful trip together.

How to find a pet-friendly vacation home in Big Bear, California

  1. Find the Right Place to Stay

    Though it’ll naturally limit what homes you can consider, it’s important to focus on Big Bear-area vacation rentals that allow dogs. It’s too cold for dogs to stay outside overnight here, and you don’t want to get caught violating the terms of your rental agreement and possibly kicked out for bringing a pet. If you want to give your dog space to play outdoors, think about finding a rental house in Moonridge or on the outskirts of Big Bear Lake so you can potentially stay in the less-crowded parts of town.

  2. Watch for Winter Hazards

    If you do plan to let your dog run around and enjoy the snow, always keep safety in mind. Staying in a more remote part of the Big Bear area has the added bonus of access to fresh, untouched snow. Snow on sidewalks and streets in the village and towns around the mountain may be treated with harmful melting chemicals that are dangerous for your dog to ingest. Additionally, there’s a lot of wildlife in the Big Bear area, including coyotes, bobcats and cougars. The latter two animals aren’t very common, but coyotes are, and they can be big enough to carry a small dog away if you aren’t careful. It’s best to keep your dog leashed or close by and monitored at all times in this wilderness area.

  3. Consider What to Do with Your Dog While Skiing

    Before you plan the trip, think carefully about what you’d like to do while you’re in the mountains. Service animals are the only animals allowed at the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski areas, so if your dog isn’t a service animal, meaning he or she is trained to do specific tasks and knows how to act like a professional in public, you won’t be able to bring him or her with you on the slopes. If your dog isn’t the type to feel relaxed and normal left alone in a vacation home, you may want to rethink your plans or arrange for a friend or local resident to babysit your dog while you’re skiing.