Camp 4



Yosemite Valley, near Yosemite Valley Lodge, at 4,000 ft (1,200 m) elevation
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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 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.

Camping Limit

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.

Campsite Details

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.


Hookups: No
Dump station: Nearby (at Upper Pines Campground)


Groceries: Nearby (Yosemite Valley Lodge and Yosemite Village)
Showers: Nearby (Curry Village and Housekeeping Camp)
Pets: Not permitted (learn more about pet regulations)


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
Fires: Wood fires are permitted all year, however, from May through September, campfires in Yosemite Valley are only allowed between 5 pm and 10 pm (campfires are allowed at any time from October through April). Charcoal fires are allowed at any time.
People per site: A maximum of six people (including children) are allowed per campsite.

Additional campground regulations apply, as well.

You are required to store food properly in order to protect Yosemite's bears. Learn more about bears, proper food storage, and food lockers.

Weather Emergencies

These campgrounds may close with short notice when the National Weather Service forecasts either of the following in Yosemite Valley:

  • winds of more than 30 mph or
  • more than one foot of snowfall over 24 hours.

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

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