ATTENTION: For the 2021 season beginning Friday, May 21, sites at Camp 4 are on reservation and may only be obtained via lottery. You must enter the lottery the day before you wish to arrive for an opportunity to reserve a campsite for the following day. There may be days when Camp 4 is not accepting lottery applications for next-day arrivals due to no availability. In this case, please check back the next day for an opportunity to apply to the lottery.
Beginning Friday, May 21, and continuing through Thursday, September 30, day use reservations will be required to enter Yosemite. If you obtain a wilderness permit, lodging or camping reservation, you are exempt from this requirement. However, you must still pay the park entrance fee once you arrive. You MUST have proof of your camping, lodging or wilderness permit reservation to show at the entrance station in order to enter Yosemite. Print or download your confirmation info PRIOR to arrival as there is no cell service at the entrance stations.
Camp 4 is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 4,000 feet. The site is situated in the heart of Yosemite Valley, an awe-inspiring landscape containing many of the famous features for which Yosemite National Park is known.
Camp 4 is normally a shared site campground, which means six individuals (including children 3 and older) are assigned to each site. However, in 2021, sites will be assigned to only one party of up to six people. The campground has a total of 25 sites which accommodate tents only. Since Camp 4 is a walk-in campground, no vehicles are allowed to enter the campground. You may not sleep in any type of vehicle in the Camp 4 parking lot, including vans.
Each site has picnic tables, food storage lockers and fire rings that are shared by all occupants of that site. Restrooms, showers and drinking water are located in the center of the campground. Tent areas are mostly level and most sites have shade. Due to the close proximity of sites and its shared nature, Camp 4 is not considered a quiet campground. Other than Service Animals, pets are not allowed at Camp 4.
Parking is available adjacent to the campground (approximately 100-300 yards away). A parking permit is required from spring through fall. You will receive a free parking permit upon check-in.
You must successfully secure a reservation through the lottery to stay at Camp 4. No first come, first served sites are available.
Your reservation will be forfeited if you do not check in by 8:30 a.m. the morning after your arrival date.
If successful, the credit card or debit card used for the lottery application fee will automatically be charged the remaining fees. If the charge to the card is declined, the reservation will be forfeited.
Successful lottery applicants and their group members should check-in on the reserved date between 8:30 a.m. PDT and 4:30 p.m. PDT at the Camp 4 kiosk. You may occupy your campsite(s) after 12:00 p.m. PDT. If you arrive after 4:30 p.m. PDT, check the kiosk window for your campsite assignment. If you arrive after the Camp 4 kiosk has closed, you must check-in by 8:30 a.m. PDT the following morning.
It may be possible to extend your stay depending on availability and stay limits. Please check with the Ranger at the kiosk ASAP about extending your stay.
Checkout is 12:00 p.m. PDT.
Proper food storage is mandatory at Camp 4. No food or scented items allowed in vehicles or tents; you must secure these items in the food storage locker provided at your site. Locker dimensions are 35'Dx43'Wx28'H. Deposit garbage in bear-proof dumpsters.
Between May 1 and September 15, the stay limit at Camp 4 is 7 nights.
Camp 4 is a walk-in campground; vehicles are never permitted inside the campground. You may not sleep in your vehicle in the Camp 4 parking lot; this includes vans.
With the exception of Service Animals, pets are not allowed at Camp 4.
Help Yosemite be a Zero Landfill park ! Leave excess packaging at home. Use refillable water bottles, food containers and travel mugs. Place all of your recyclable waste in designated recycling containers.
Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.
Road conditions can change at any time; before arrival, please call (209) 372-0200 for road and weather conditions inside Yosemite, and 1-800-427-ROAD for conditions outside the park.
Resale or auction of successful lottery entry is prohibited.
Yosemite Valley is forested with a diverse mix of California black oak, ponderosa pine, incense-cedar, white fir, and white-leaf manzanita, which offers a pleasant combination of sun and shade. Through the trees, Yosemite's telltale granite cliffs peek through, and the gentle, refreshing Merced River flows nearby.
Yosemite's trails, cliffs, roads and rivers provide endless recreational activities. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, auto touring, cross-country skiing and photography are all very popular activities within the park. Hiking trails range from the easy paved, two-mile roundtrip walk to Mirror Lake/Meadow, to the grueling but rewarding 14 to 16 mile trek to Half Dome (permit required). Rafting the Merced River is a fun way to cool down on a summer day when water levels are sufficient. Yosemite Valley also offers numerous guided bus tours, educational programs, museums, ranger-led activities and an art center with workshops.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations cannot be processed for Camp 4. The lottery occurs once per day, and cancellations cannot be re-assigned due to the expedited nature of this lottery.
Change Policy: No changes to reservations.
No Show Policy: Successful lottery applicants have until 8:30 a.m. the day following their arrival date to check in or their camping reservation will become void. Campers should call (209) 372-8502 if they know they will be late. The maximum fee for no shows is $20 and loss of the first night’s camping fee.
PO BOX 577 YOSEMITE CA 95389
For campground inquiries, please call: 209-372-8502
Upon entering Yosemite Valley, turn left onto Sentinel Drive, then left onto Northside Drive. Camp 4 will be on your right after approximately 1.25 miles.