Camp 4 Campground
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Camp 4 is situated near the Yosemite Valley Lodge and is the closest campground to El Capitan. Camp 4 is renowned for being the rock climbers camp and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its nationally significant role in the development of rock climbing as a sport.
Camp 4 is a first come first served walk-in campground. You must register with a ranger to occupy a site at the campground. Camp 4 fills quickly each morning when the check in kiosk opens around 8:30. The ranger assigned to camp 4 campground will begin checking people in that are already standing in line, many of which have been in line for a while. Often, the campground will fill up before everyone in line has been registered. There are 35 campsites that will each hold 6 people. The ranger will assign a campsite to those in line and some parties may be assigned to different campsites so be prepared for that. Also, Camp 4 is filled on a person by person basis, so the ranger will only check in people who are present.
Cost per night is $5 per person per night.
Parking is available next to the campground and everything must be carried to your campsite. A parking permit is required to park in the parking area at Camp 4. You will receive a parking permit when the ranger registers you. Sleeping in your car is prohibited.
Each campsite includes a fire pit (no grill), a table and 4 shared bear proof food lockers [33"(D)x45"(W)x18"(H)]. Storing all of your food items, toiletries and coolers is required for the protection of the bears in the area. DO NOT LEAVE FOOD IN YOUR CAR OR RV. Please dispose of all trash immediatly in the bear proof trash cans located around the campground. Restrooms have flush toilets and are centrally located in the campground.
Pets are not allowed in camp 4.
Nearby Yosemite Village boasts several restaurants.
Degnan's Cafe - features smoothies, coffee, baked goods and an internet kiosk. The cafe is usually open from April to September.
Degnan's Deli - sells deli sandwiches, salads, vegetarian and gourmet food, snacks, lattes and other beverages. The deli is open daily from 7am to 5pm.
Degnan's Loft - This Yosemite Village restaurant features pizza, salads, soups and appetizers - all served in this family-style loft restaurant located above Degnan's Deli. Wine and beer are also available. Open Spring to Fall. Open 5 to 9 pm Mon-Fri and
Village Grill - serves an excellent variety of grilled items, such as cheeseburgers, grilled chicken, veggie and salmon burgers. Don't pass on one of the Milkshakes. Open 11 am to 5 pm daily.
The country store at Yosemite Village is well stocked with groceries and has an excellent gift shop.
As with all of the campgrounds in Yosemite Valley, space is cramped and campsites are very close to each other.
Camp 4 is at an elevation of 4000', and is located near many of the features that make Yosemite Famous including Half Dome, El Capitan, Mirror Lake , Yosemite Falls , the Mist Trail , Nevada and Vernal Falls.
Half Dome Village (click for a fantastic map from the National park Service), a bit farther east, offers several restaurants including a Pizza Deck (some of the best Pizza I have ever had and should be a stop on everyone's trip to Yosemite), Ice cream shop/ coffee bar, A Taqueria, a Dining Pavilion (Buffet style), A small bar that serves an excellent local draft selection located next to the Pizza Deck. Also at Half Dome Village is a mountaineering shop and mountaineering school, a store and gift shop, an amphiteather, a public pool, showers and a Lounge that has open WIFI access.
Raft and Bicycle rentals are next to Half Dome Village at the Half Dome Village Recreation Center get off at Shuttle Stop 13a.
Road conditions can change at any time. Please check road and weather before arriving at (209)372-0200 for conditions inside Yosemite, and 1-800-427-ROAD for conditions outside the park. Highway 120 over Tioga Pass from Lee Vining and the Glacier Point Road are closed seasonally.
Entrance Fee to the park is $20 per private vehicle.
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