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Pitch your tent smack dab in the middle of HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary - some of the most beautiful acreage in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.  Build a fire!  Cook a delicious, campfire meal over an open fire pit - kick up your heels "a bit" after a long, hard day and then - Whew!  Cop a squat, sit back, exhale and prepare yourself to take it all in.  Silence is golden arou


Pitch your tent smack dab in the middle of HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary - some of the most beautiful acreage in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.  Build a fire!  Cook a delicious, campfire meal over an open fire pit - kick up your heels "a bit" after a long, hard day and then - Whew!  Cop a squat, sit back, exhale and prepare yourself to take it all in.  Silence is golden around here and once here, you will soon come to know – that if you blend in, be quiet, listen and observe – NATURE, in all its glory, will reveal its majesty - right before your very eyes.

The 2 acre pond reflects the brilliance of “harmony” in nature.  The water is pure, clean and abundant with life yet, HartSong Ranch is a pesticide free facility.  Nature, taking care of itself, is truly a beautiful thing.  Yellow Water Iris are in full bloom, spring through early summer.  Dragonflies and butterflies sparkle in the sunshine.  Frogs croak, bats dart here and there and big mouth bass become airborne in search of dinner in the early evening hours.  Blue and White Heron visit the pond often – gracefully soaring over the pastures and pond in search of a safe place to land among the Iris.  Watching them calculate a strategy to catch a meal, while appearing to stalk in slow motion – FASCINATING!

Upwards of 40 Canada Geese goslings are hatched yearly on the grounds of HartSong.  It’s absolutely adorable to watch the little ones as they frantically paddle along behind their moms.  In addition and if you’re an early riser, you will most certainly feel blessed to observe the loving, yet stern, communications between Canada Goose parents (life- long mates) as they teach their young to fly - every morning at sunrise in the spring.

Eight head of cattle (that have never known anything other than kindness), graze the pastures beyond the pond.  Yes, they all have names and yes, they are all as sweet as can be.  Their tranquility is contagious.

The "one and only" ALP campsite is large enough to accommodate 6 large tents/9 pup tents.  Only one camping group occupies this campsite.

Amenities at the site include...

*Porta Potty/Outhouse

*Hand washing station - hand soap, hand sanitizer and hand towels provided

*3 Picnic Tables with table cloths

*Wood - Dry

*Fire Ring with Wood Rounds for Seating, Lighter, Fire Starter Sticks and Water Bucket (NO FIRES ALLOWED DURING HIGH FIRE SEASON)

*Warming propane fire box (4' long).  This unit is approved to use during high fire season and provides enough of a flame to roast marshmallows, s'mores and provides incredible ambiance at the campsite during the nighttime hours.  

*Propane BBQ Grill - available to use during high fire season

*BBQ Utensils - Large Spatula/Turner, Large Pronged Fork, Wire Bristle Grill Cleaner/Scraper

*Shade sail - 1 

*Life Jackets (2 child and 2 adult)

*Row Boat with oars

*Extra Large Dining Tent with Screened Sides for Ventilation

*Coleman Heavy Duty Water Jug (5 Gallon)

*Clean, Fresh Drinking Water from HartSong's Well

*4 Adirondack Chairs with Side Table


*Emergency First Aid Kit

*Fire Extinguisher

*Solar in Ground Lights for easy navigation during the nighttime hours

Off the ranch adventures are also abundant in the Sierra Nevada foothills surrounding HartSong Ranch.

*The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – a 14 mile drive from your campsite, features a museum, restored historic buildings and costumed volunteers.  Gold was discovered here at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, sparking the California Gold Rush.

*The American River Confluence (North Fork and Middle Fork merge) – a 10 mile drive from your campsite.  The drive down the canyon to the American River is beautifully picturesque.  Over 100 miles of hiking trails, pristine swimming holes and white water opportunities are available for those of you in search of adrenaline laced activities.

*Coloma, California – world famous for its white water rafting excursions – a 14 mile drive from your campsite.

*Lotus, California - The Coloma-Lotus Valley is the major destination of the South Fork, shaped by the American River today as in 1848. Three riverfront parks provide opportunities for family picnics and wading, and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park brings California’s history to life.  While in Lotus, please make a point to stop in at Sierra Rizing Bakery, Coffeehouse and Cafe – located in the beautiful Coloma & Lotus river valley just steps from the South Fork of the American River. They feature small-batch local artisan-roasted coffees, fresh bakery goods, breakfast and lunch fare, as well as specialty drinks, beer, and local wines.  They also offer a beautiful outdoor patio that is dog friendly.  Dogs are also welcome inside the cafe.

               *Animal Lovers Paradise is NOT a commercial campground*

  • For those interested to tour the sanctuary grounds, meet many of the rescue animals living within our gates and, take a short hike to the secret, glorious waterfall, please be certain to book a tour (see EXTRAS to book a private tour).
  • HartSong co-founders, Jim and Kathy Hart, are both professional musicians so there’s nothing more delightful to our ears than to hear acoustic kumbaya moments around a campfire.  We do, however, most graciously request “quiet time” at the campsite after 10PM.  







    Campsite area
    Tent site
    1 site
    Up to 32 guests per site
    Up to 10 vehicles
    No wheelchair access
    Campfires allowed
    Toilet available
    Pets allowed
    Potable water available
    Kitchen available
    Picnic table available
    Bins available
    No showers
    No wifi
    • Check in: After 3PM
    • Check out: Before 12PM
    • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
    • On arrival: Meet and greet
    • Minimum nights: 1 night
    • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

    You know what would make this trip even better?

    Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Animal Lovers Paradise


    Private Tour of the Sanctuary

    Tour the sanctuary grounds - meet many of the sanctuary residents and take a ...Read more

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    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


    Row boat provided - seats 6.


    Animals Lovers Paradise is nestled in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Lots of local hiking trails, old foothill towns to explore ...Read more


    Bring your paddle boards and enjoy the beauty of the 3 acre pond.

    Wildlife watching

    Lots of local wildlife - deer, raccoons, Canada Geese, Blue & White Herons, Coyotes and yes, occasionally, Bear and Mountain Li...Read more



    Natural features you'll find at Animal Lovers Paradise in California.

    River, stream, or creek

    The American River Confluence - where the North Fork and Middle Fork merge - is a 10 minute drive away from your campsite.

    Swimming hole

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    Hipcamper Hermann

    Great for animal lovers and kids

    Hermann M.
    recommends this listing.
    May 16th, 2022

    It was perfect for our preschool's camping trip. It is a beautiful spot to camp and it has been set up nicely. I liked the outdoor gas fire pit that we could use to roast marshmallows without dealing with the smoke and making a fire. This was more relaxed with the kids. The lake was pretty and we saw an osprey catch fish a few times. Everyone enjoyed the rowboat. The animal tour was definitely worth it. It was fun to feed the animals and to hear their backstories. The animals were very friends and the kids would periodically visit them. They are all still talking about the beautiful Sierra, the blind horse. Kathy & Jim were attentive and had great communication. They looked out for us and made our stay a success.

    A nice stream runs close byThe lovely Sierra, the blind horsePeaceful evening, reading a book at night on a bench by the lake
    Hipcamper Jessica

    A little slice of heaven!

    Jessica W.
    recommends this listing.
    May 1st, 2022

    Camping at Heartsong was an absolutely beautiful experience! It’s starts from the moment you pull up to that Blue gate :) a pasture filled with wild Canadian geese raising their goslings, ducks, cattle, horses and a pair of American coots! Kathy met us at the inner gate with the biggest smile and welcoming demeanor, she made sure to introduce us to the resident blind horses Cloudy and Sierra as she walked us down to our campsite ( which is beautifully put together and surrounded by a running stream and thickets of blackberry bushes) the quaint outhouse with washing station was very well kept and cleaned. Once we settled in Jim came down to introduce himself and slept us know we had the most adorable camp buddy, if you wanna find out YOU better book this site! Also please please book a tour and meet all the sweet and brave rescue animals that live at Heartsong and listen to the journey Jim and Kathy have been on to make Heartsong what it is today! We will 1000% be back and tell everyone we possibly can to book 2 nights or a week here! P.S. all the residents love apples and carrots if you are so inclined!!!!

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    Hipcamper Marty
    Marty C.
    recommends this listing.
    April 10th, 2022

    Kids had so much fun rowing in the pond and visiting the animals. BBQ grill, shade cover, gas fireplace, picnic tables, and outhouse all made the campsite comfortable and easy.

    Hipcamper Sandra

    Completely magical camping site

    Sandra S.
    recommends this listing.
    April 3rd, 2022

    We absolutely loved Jim and Kathy's Heartsong Animal Sanctuary HipCamp. The hosts were extremely helpful and yet we only saw them when we arrived, and Kathy explained everything so thoroughly and quickly we never needed to contact her, and we were given complete privacy. The lake is beautiful; we took the rowboat out several times to commune with the many rescued animals on the surrounding shores including Canadian geese, ducks, horses, cows, etc. The animals are obviously treated with such love and respect that they were not in the least bit disturbed by our being nearby. We highly recommend this beautiful, magical, serene spot. We did not want to leave and will return again.

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    Kelli W.
    recommends this listing.
    October 31st, 2021

    It was lovely! Beautiful scenery and a nice quiet area! Got to take out the fun canoe and follow the canal on a walk! Lovely to see the animals! Jim and Kathy were so kind to provide a propane fire box, BBQ with tools, hammock and more!

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    Hipcamper Brad
    Brad N.
    recommends this listing.
    October 12th, 2021

    As nice as the listing and photos show. Lots of animals all around the property, mostly in their fenced off areas, though Molly and Bear the dogs were friendly and visited the campsite. Jim was very kind and explained the ins and outs of our stay. The grounds were kept very clean. Porto-potty was clean, not smelly, plenty of soap and sanitizer. Unfortunately we werent able to even use the gas fireplace, which we thought was provided in lieu of having an open wood fire due to wild fire risk, but I guess not. So minor bummer, but we get the reason. This time of year can get decently cold at night (50s), so be sure to bring enough blankets and layers, especially if its around fire season and no fires are allowed.

    Hipcamper Brandon
    Brandon W.
    recommends this listing.
    September 16th, 2021

    Hartsong Ranch is a beautiful place to spend a weekend. We brought our 2 year old daughter and she absolutely loved interacting with all of the animals, especially Edward the chicken :). Jim was so welcoming and helpful throughout the weekend. I highly recommend spending some time here.

    Hipcamper Cindy
    Cindy L.
    recommends this listing.
    September 13th, 2021

    Loved everything about this place and the hosts! Kathy and Jim is very responsive and friendly. It was a pleasure getting to know them and their farm. It is definitely an animal lovers paradise - our dog enjoyed roaming around making friends of her kind. Though there's a lot of farm animals it doesn't have an odor. The campsite is wide, clean, and flat. Can see plenty of stars in the sky. Their description and pictures are exactly as is. The air quality during this time (early Sept) wasn't smokey at all even with the nearby forest fire.
    A note to be aware - it does get loud throughout the day and night with roosters and geese calls (bring earplugs if you're bothered). There are also mosquitos. It is a tent-only campsite where you have to walk from the parking lot down to the site. We didn't know and brought our rooftop tent, but the hosts were graciously accommodating.

    Hipcamper Kayci

    Magical slice of paradise

    Kayci W.
    recommends this listing.
    August 16th, 2021

    We had the most wonderful time staying there for my birthday. All of the pictures are accurate, and the sounds of the farm in the mornings and evenings are magical. My fiancé and I had so much fun, and Kathy and Jim are very kind souls. I would highly recommend.


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