One of the reasons it took us so long to finally take a trip to Yosemite was because it’s pretty impossible to actually book a campsite in the park. So when we decided to just camp outside Yosemite and drive in each day, we turned to Hipcamp. Turned out to be the best thing that happened because we ended up at magical Nana’s Ranch!
The campsite is on a hobby farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 45 minutes from Yosemite’s south entrance. You bring your own tent or RV to set up on a lovely patch of flat grass. But they provide a table under a shady awning, a sink area to wash dishes, a huge BBQ, a super clean outhouse with nearby sink, a cold-water outdoor shower and a hammock. You’re the only campers, so you get plenty of privacy — except for the silky chickens and ducks and guineas that pop over for a visit, plus the nearby goats and donkeys.
The animals are why we came! We got to sip coffee each morning as we looked at the pond full of ducks and chickens. We got to feed carrots to donkeys Rosa and Java Joe. We got to give the goats scratches and watch them climb trees and feed them leaves from the oak trees. We watched baby ducks and chickens bath. We peeked out of our tent to see chickens waddling by and bunnies hopping through. And the highlight was bottle feeding one of the baby goats!
Another bonus of this lovely site are the owners, Dave and Mel. They let us join them for some morning farm chores, then accepted our invite to chat around the campfire. They’re so friendly and fascinating! And now we have tentative plans to meet up later for another camping adventure.
We’d highly recommend this spot for exploring Yosemite or any nearby areas, including Bass Lake.