The small Californian town of Moonridge, which can be found to the east of Los Angeles, is best known for its Animal Park. Formed in 1959, the zoo offers wild mammals rehabilitation and eventual release, as well as boasting wonderfully diverse species of both indigenous and endangered animals. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Moonridge will find that there is a great choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation on offer in the town and the surrounding countryside. There are apartments and chalets, as well as more traditional log cabins and ranches for those wishing to stay in a property with rustic charm and character.
Of course, the biggest attraction for visitors spending their holidays in Moonridge is the zoo. Home to over 160 animals, to include grizzly bears, mountain lions, snow leopards and eagles, the protected reserve is the perfect place for visitors to observe these magnificent species at close range. Outside of the town, the dramatic, mountainous landscape is ideal for hiking, mountain biking and rock-climbing. In the winter months, the nearby Bear Mountain Ski Resort is a popular destination amongst winter sports enthusiasts.
Visitors spending their holidays in Moonridge will find that there are plenty of places to visit close by, suitable for most age groups and interests. For the young and young-at heart tourists, there is the Alpine Water park and the Super Bear Arcade; whilst the more scientifically minded visitors may wish to head to the Big Bear Discovery Centre or Big Bear Solar Observatory. Other popular attractions include China Island and Interlaken Shopping Mall for visitors wishing to partake in a spot of retail therapy. Of course, the numerous big city attractions and amenities of Los Angeles are a comfortable drive away from Moonridge.
Visitors spending their holidays in Moonridge will be pleased to discover that the region surrounding the town enjoys a much milder climate than that of the rest of southern California. Summers are warm and dry, with temperatures averaging in the high-twenties degrees Celsius. Winters are cooler, with temperatures averaging around 8 degrees Celsius, though this can often drop below zero and snowfall is common in the mid-winter months. Moonridge receives an average annual precipitation of 21 inches.
The majority of travellers from the UK intending to spend their holidays in Moonridge will first fly to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is approximately an hour’s drive away. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and United Airlines operate regular Trans-Atlantic fights here from the UK, departing from London Heathrow (LHR).