YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park announces that a new pilot lottery program for Camp 4 Campground will launch on Tuesday, May 21. This daily lottery system will be operated through Recreation.gov and is intended to help improve the visitor experience at Camp 4.
Camp 4 Campground is a walk-in campground and the only first-come, first-served campground in Yosemite Valley.
Visitor demands for a camping space at Camp 4 have been increasing over the past decade and the current registration system no longer serves the public and meets the needs of campers, say park officials.
Under the current system, campers have to line up and wait for a first-come, first-served camping space to open. In order to wait for one of the available spaces to open up, campers line up all day, and sometime the night before, with the hopes of getting a camping space. Park officials say this system is inefficient and has contributed to wildlife issues due to improper food storage, out of bounds camping, and conflicts between campers.
To help resolve these issues, Yosemite National Park is going to test a new pilot program from late May to early September using a daily lottery system similar to the Half Dome daily lottery. Visitors interested in staying at Camp 4 will enter a daily lottery managed by www.recreation.gov.
The lottery opens at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time the day before your intended arrival date and is open until 4 p.m. Pacific Time. The lottery automatically matches applicants with the number of open camping spaces. All people who enter the daily lottery will be notified by email on the results of their lottery application.
This new pilot program will run through the busy summer season and will be evaluated in the fall of 2019.
For more information on Camp 4 Campground, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camp4.htm.
For information in general on camping in Yosemite National Park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm.