Today we stopped in the Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Phelan, 14 miles from the cabin in Wrightwood (including a long stretch down a rough dirt road, typical for Phelan). It's much more impressive than what you'd expect out in the middle of the high desert.
It was cool to be so close to the big cats. We got the fox and the bobcats to talk to us. Here's a tip to make sure the animals aren't all sleeping when you go: bring the dog with you. There was a big friendly dog in the shop who walked around with us on the grounds, and his presence made the bobcats and the lions antsy and pacing rapidly, keeping a close eye on that dog.
The sanctuary is open daily. The entrance fee was $8 for adults but less for kids and seniors. Add $10 to feed the big cats or up to $50 for a behind-the-scenes VIP tour.