All campsites: all year
Reservations and Registration
Late May through Early September
As part of a pilot program in 2019, campsites are available only by daily lottery, one day in advance, via recreation.gov beginning May 22 (the first lottery is on May 21) and lasting through September 15 (last lottery is September 14).The lottery is open from midnight to 4 pm Pacific time each day, with results notifications soon thereafter.
There is a non-refundable lottery fee of $10 per application (up to 12 people). The camping fee (only charged with a successful lottery application) is $6 per person per night.
Each person (not just the primary applicant) must check in at the campground using a valid photo ID that matches the entry on the lottery application. (Minors must check in but do not need a photo ID.) Six people will be assigned to each campsite; people in one group may be assigned to different campsites. You can register for up to seven nights.
Mid-September through mid-May
No reservations are available; the campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis and fills early most mornings during spring and fall. The camping fee is $6/person per night. Payment is only available via cash or check.
During spring and fall, a campground ranger staffs Camp 4 each day. You must register with the ranger in order to stay at Camp 4. The ranger arrives at the campground kiosk around 8:30 am, although, a line has often formed well before then and the campground may fill before everyone in line is registered. Space is available on a per-person basis and each person wishing to register must be present. Six people will be assigned to each campsite; people in one group may be assigned to different campsites. You can register for up to the maximum stay limit (you don't need to register every day).
During winter, Camp 4 operates on a self-registration basis. A campground ranger patrols Camp 4 throughout the day but does not oversee the registration as they do the rest of the year. Space is available on a per-person basis and you can register for up to the maximum stay limit (you don't need to register every day). The campground doesn't fill during the winter and enjoys some winter sunshine.
There is a 30-night camping limit within Yosemite National Park in a calendar year; however, May 1 - September 15, the camping limit in Yosemite is 14 nights, and only seven of those nights can be in Yosemite Valley or Wawona.
Tent sites: 36 shared walk-in sites for tents only (sleeping in vehicles is not allowed)
Parking is available adjacent to the campground (it's a very short walk to the campsites). A parking permit is required from spring through fall. You will receive a free parking permit upon registering.
Each campsite contains a fire pit (no grill), picnic table, and four shared food lockers [35"(D)x43"(W)x28"(H)], and is near a bathroom with drinking water and flushing toilets.
Groceries: Nearby (Yosemite Valley Lodge and Yosemite Village)
Camp 4 has a dirt access route leading to many level sites, however, none is designated accessible and there are no designated accessible parking spaces. The restroom is accessible.
Pets: Not permitted
Additional campground regulations apply, as well.
These campgrounds may close with short notice when the National Weather Service forecasts either of the following in Yosemite Valley:
National Register of Historic Places
Camp 4 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its nationally significant role in the development of rock climbing as a sport.
Last updated: January 15, 2021