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.
- 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.
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.
Places to see near Camp with Critters
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Best time camping with the animals!
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!
Wonderful place in the foothills
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….
Excellent farm for animal lovers
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!
Cute animals, nice views, kind host
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.
The best time camping with animals!
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!
Amazing time on the farm!
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!
Perfect for animal lovers
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.