Reservations and Registration
As part of a pilot program in 2021, campsites are available only by daily lottery, one day in advance, via recreation.gov. The lottery is open from midnight to 4 pm Pacific time each day, with results emailed shortly after 4 pm. Applicants can apply for up to seven nights. Average success rate is 10%.
There is a non-refundable lottery fee of $10 per application (up to six people). The camping fee (only charged with a successful lottery application) is $10 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.) Up to six people will be assigned to each campsite; only one group will be allowed in each site.
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.
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: October 4, 2021