Camp 4

Yosemite National Park

Half Dome, Yosemite

Camp 4 in Yosemite National Park

Camp 4

Yosemite Valley
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Yosemite Valley can take advantage of the free shuttle to deliver them to almost all the favorite attractions in the valley.

  • Happy Isles with a Nature Center and trails to Vernal and Nevada falls
  • Mirror Lake with close-up views of Half Dome
  • Yosemite Falls viewpoints near the bottom and a strenuous 7.2-mile trail to the top
  • Valley Visitor and Wilderness centers
  • Easy scenic trails all around the valley and along the Merced River, connecting to viewpoints and picnic areas.
  • Nature and History Programs - nature and photography walks, history tours, art classes, children's programs, and more. Most free, some with modest fees.
  • Outdoor Adventures - nature and photography walks, history tours, art classes, children's programs, and more. Fees.

Special Campground Regulations

  1. Campfires: May - September campfires only allowed from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
  2. Bears: All food must be stored in bear-proof lockers. No food may be kept in vehicles.

Camp 4

Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley is most popular with rock climbers, who like to gather there, share stories about their climbs, and practice on nearby boulders. Many camopers appreciate the slightly more carefree atmosphere than at other Yosemite campgrounds. The campground is only a short walk from Yosemite Valley Lodge.

The walk-in campground is for tents only and operates much like a hostel. Campers register as individuals and are assigned to a campsite by the ranger on duty. People in one group might find themselves assigned to difference campsites.

Campground Basics
Location: Yosemite Valley near Yosemite Village
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Distance & Driving Time from gateway cities: Stockton - 115 miles, 3:15
Fresno - 94 miles, 2:15
Number of Sites: 35
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Parking: Camp 4 parking lot
Pets: No pets
Information: (209) 372-0200

No reservations: First come, first served
Registration Kiosk Hours: Opens at 8:30 AM, spring-fall
Registration Advice: Line up early in summer
Camping Limit: 7 nights from May 1 to September 15
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $6 per person, per night
Winter camping: Self-register
Check-in, check-out: 8:30 AM, Noon

Camp 4 Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets and sinks, tap water, pay phones
Showers: Available in Curry Village or Housekeeping Camp
Campground map: Camp 4 Map (PDF download)
Nearby attractions: Columbia Boulder, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Village, Trails, Visitor Center, Museum
Note: Free shuttle service to stops all around the valley

Tips for Getting a First Come, First Served Campsite

Camp 4 usually fills by 9:00 AM. From spring through fall a ranger is stationed at the campground kiosk, beginning about 8:30 AM. Be lined up well before then to improve your chances of getting a site.

Recorded campground availability message: (209) 372-0266

General Camping Information for Yosemite

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the webstie when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite. Designated Accessible sites are designated for persons with disabilities.

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