Hipcamp host Ruth F.,
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Your campsite will be nestled among animal enclosures, listen to the munching of hay or the snoring of the pigs. Your stay will include a modified animal tour and you can engage with horse, alpacas, pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens and more... dogs and cats of course ;). I have a couple of spots but I would be flexible regarding campsite. My toilet is a compost toilet.  I ha


Your campsite will be nestled among animal enclosures, listen to the munching of hay or the snoring of the pigs. Your stay will include a modified animal tour and you can engage with horse, alpacas, pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens and more... dogs and cats of course ;). I have a couple of spots but I would be flexible regarding campsite. My toilet is a compost toilet.  I have a million $$ view and a modest house. My house is about 45 minutes from the Yosemite park entrance and it's an easy commute back/forth. Flowering vines cover my outdoor porches where we have big dinners when Woofers or Couchsurfers are in residence. The property is home to many animals, horse, goats, pigs, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, guinea pigs - dogs & cats - of course! :-) . The roosters wake us up pretty early so fair warning about that - but I love living with them and it makes the property so much more friendly with all the critters. My house is pet friendly and yours are welcome if they are 1. Fixed, 2. Are social and friendly with my pets, 3. Will not chase the cats and chickens. I can babysit your pups if you go to the park - provided they are compliant with rules above. I work from home. There are loads of trails nearby and 2 pretty ponds and plenty of wildlife, deer, turkeys and more. The property is rolling hills however there are plenty of flat areas for tents. NO FIRES PERMITTED ANYWHERE ON MY PROPERTY MAY-OCTOBER - non negotiable.

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 3 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 32 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Hookups: No sewage and TV connection
Generators not allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Ruth a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching

There is a lot of wildlife nearby but most people enjoy the resident critters on the farm


Natural features you'll find at Camp with Critters in California.


Foothills of the Sierra nevada


Lengthy dirt driveway offers privacy at your destination.


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Hipcamper Ruth

Best time camping with the animals!

Ruth S.
recommends this listing.
November 15th, 2022

We had an amazing time at Ruth’s farm! Ruth was extremely friendly and accommodating- the sweetest! She offered us fresh eggs and herbs when we arrived. We enjoyed waking up next to the alpacas and walking around the farm saying hello to her dogs, pigs, goats, donkey, horse, chickens, rabbits, ducks, and peacock! The sunrise and sunset were so beautiful too :) We can’t wait to visit again!

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Hipcamper Sander
Sander B.
recommends this listing.
November 3rd, 2022

Ruth is a great host and loves to show all her animals. We loved out stay!

Hipcamper David

Wonderful place in the foothills

David R.
recommends this listing.
October 9th, 2022

What a great time. Our 10 year old son asked when are we coming back after only being there a few hours.
So much to love. Lots of goat to play with, sitting around and watching the alpacas. Pigs, dogs, cats and more.
Just after sunrise a flock of wild turkeys came walking by our camper. More than a dozen.
We enjoyed hanging out with Ruth watching her feed all the animals and listening talk about how she cares for all her rescued friends.
Not only did we have a great time, our dog Mercy loved hanging with all her new friends and following all the other dogs around Ruth’s property.
While there Ruth provide us with electric and water and lots of kindness. Always asking if there was anything we needed.
Waking up early and watching the sun rise over the distant mountains, getting up close with a animal tour with Ruth, and just being at a wonderful place. What a Great Time….

Papa PigOur camp site. Water and electric providedAnother view of our campsiteCampsite view
Hipcamper Ruth
Response from Ruth, the Host, on October 12th, 2022

Awwww That is so kind of you David. I enjoyed your family and discussing cooking and herbs with your wife. I net she is a good cook! It was a pleasure to host you and I hope that you return again soon. Thank you

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Hipcamper Ashley

Excellent farm for animal lovers

Ashley L.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2022

Ruth has an absolutely lovely farm and all her animals are so happy. She takes very good care of them and this was a wonderful place to stay. We got to interact with so many different types of animals and Ruth was extremely accommodating. Highlight of our trip to California was staying here!

Hipcamper Richard

Cute animals, nice views, kind host

Richard M.
recommends this listing.
May 14th, 2022

What a wonderful and unique camping experience! I found Ruth’s sanctuary while searching for campsites near Yosemite, and staying here not only provided that, but also gave our Yosemite adventure an entirely unexpected and wonderful element. From the incredibly friendly dogs, cats and goats to the adorable rabbits, alpacas, donkey, chickens, and ducks, to the majestic peacocks, the animals are amazing. However, the friendly pigs, (Paprika!) who followed us around asking for pets and practically purring whenever we rubbed their big bellies, were our favorites.

Staying here was like stepping into a kindergarten picture book about animals on a farm, where everyone is friendly and gets along.

Ruth went above and beyond to make us comfortable and happy, and was a pleasure to be around.
I will 100% recommend Camping with Critters to all my friends.

Hipcamper Alexandria

The best time camping with animals!

Alexandria B.
recommends this listing.
April 19th, 2022

Ruth was the absolute best!! This was our first time using Hipcamp and I don’t think we could have had a better experience. Ruth opened her beautiful and lush property to us to call home with our tent for three amazing days. We were in the area to visit Yosemite. It’s an easy and stunning drive to the Yosemite National Park entrance from Ruth’s. The town down the road, Mariposa, has delicious restaurants and all the supplies you could need that you may have forgotten. Although we were in the area for Yosemite, it was truly hard to want to depart from Ruth’s place. Ruth and all the animals welcomed us with open arms, paws and hooves. It was a one of a kind stay getting to interact and bond with all of the animal residents. Ruth is a phenomenal host that goes above and beyond in communicating and the enjoyment of her guests’ stay. Thank you Ruth, Milkshake, Gloria, Bella, Monkey, Ricardo, Bob, Mochi, Mocha, Beetle, Cricket, Lightning, Parsnip, Turnip, Mag, Clementine, Mr McGreggor, Strider, Toasty, Tea, Jelly Bean, and the others! We can’t wait to be back!

Hipcamper Rafaela

Amazing time on the farm!

Rafaela D.
recommends this listing.
April 19th, 2022

Camping with Critters was the highlight of our ten day camping road trip through CA. Ruth was so kind, warm and welcoming and we were immediately comfortable. Her love of the farm and her animals was apparent and all was well cared for. Our family adored the "critters"- pigs, goats, a donkey and horse, rabbits, beautiful dogs and alpacas just to name a few. We loved participating in farm life and none of us wanted to leave. The land is spectacular, secluded and pristine. We will cherish our memories of early mornings amidst the wildflowers, roosters in the background and farm fresh eggs for breakfast! Beyond the farm, Ruth made helpful recommendations that enhanced our enjoyment of the local area. We will certainly return and have already recommended this site to family and friends in the area. Just awesome ! Thank You!

Hipcamper Ruth
Response from Ruth, the Host, on April 19th, 2022

Awww your family were the best guests EVER!!! Loved having Hudson as a ranch hand and just enjoyed how your family embraced and loved my animals like old friends. my favorite is my horse trying to steal your jar of peanut butter ;) will become a classic belly laugh chuckle when I think of her. It made my day hearing you all exchange exclamations of surprise and enthusiasm watching my critter friends! Seriously. Thank you!!! Please return anytime. It would be a pleasure!

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Hipcamper Steven

Perfect for animal lovers

Steven L.
recommends this listing.
April 16th, 2022

Ruth was a fantastic host and her farm is beautiful. There are creatures everywhere - peacocks, goats, cats, a donkey, horse, bunnies, alpacas, chickens, dogs, wild turkeys, and more! We were able to let our dog run around off leash most of the time and she had a wonderful time playing with the other dogs. Ruth was especially fantastic with my 9-year old daughter. She let her help feed all the animals and even gave us some farm fresh eggs for breakfast! The farm is spacious and the views are gorgeous. Highly recommended.

Our little Go camper all set up.Lots of farm animals everywhereThe animals roam around freelyBeautiful views
Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew T.
recommends this listing.
April 5th, 2022

Wonderful farm camp; kids loved the animals, and Ruth was the most accommodating and attentive host.

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