Kelty Trail Ridge 4 Tent: 4-Person 3-Season

A solid, weather-resistant family tent that you all will learn to love quickly.

Your family deserves a roomy, dry place to rest after you lead them over a big mountain. The Kelty Trail Ridge 4 Tent provides plenty of space to shelter four people during your spring, summer, or fall trips. The tapered pole design and nearly vertical walls maximize this freestanding dome's livable space, and with two doors and vestibules, you'll have all the room you need to make it through a long weekend adventure with the spouse and kids.

  • Waterproof fly and floor fabric feature fully taped seams for added protection from rainstorms and soggy weather
  • ArcEdge floor means the floor material extends a few inches up the tent walls to reduce seam-to-ground contact
  • Color-coded clips simplify the pitching process so you can trust the kids with the task
  • Two 15-square-foot vestibules give your family plenty of dry space outside the tent for shoes, packs, and pet salamanders
  • Mesh walls and fly vents allow for cross-breezes and radiate four bodies' worth of heat outward so you don't get muggy during summer trips
  • Internal storage pockets hold your headlamp or cell phone just in case you need them throughout the night
  • Double-door design and silent zipper pulls let you head out to water a bush without waking anyone else in the tent
  • Footprint sold separately
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Easy set up

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The first time I used this tent, my son and I just rolled into Moab... right as the sun was setting and it was getting dark. The tent still had all of the original packaging. I was able to unpack the tent and assemble it by myself in maybe 10 minutes. It was awesome! We enjoyed the tent over the weekend. It is very spacious seems to be constructed well. I have not sealed the seams yet and used it in wet weather.

Very rugged and reliable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My large family camp frequently for many years and this is the tent my wife and I use. It sets up and packs up very quickly and easily. I set it up single-handed in the dark without a problem. It fits a queen size air mattress with plenty of room for bags and gear. We recently camped in east Texas and we had strong thunderstorms with 65mph gusts and 2+ inches of rain. Most everyone had tents down but the TrailRidge 4 held up without a problem and stayed completely dry. Make sure you use a tarp or footprint underneath to protect the somewhat lightweight floor from damage.

The kelty website photos have a slightly...

The kelty website photos have a slightly different style door than pictured here. There is a screen vent at the top portion of the doors in the Kelty photos. Your photo shows the doors as all fabric, no screen at the top. Are these different model years? Can you confirm whether your model has doors with these vents?

Best Answer

Hey Joel!

Thanks for reaching out to us on chat as well as posting this great question on the page.

I'll answer this question for everyone-

This tent will indeed have a mesh section on the upper part of the door, as shown in mat4654917's picture.

Hope that helps

Great tent for the price

    If you're looking for a 3 season tent this is a perfect one for the money. Just used it on a 5 day trip into the BWCA. It's light, easy to set up and take down, and wind proof. My only gripe is I wish the vestibule was a bit bigger on at least one side so we can store more things on the outside away from the rain.

    Great tent for the price

    Nice Tent but...

      This was my second Kelty tent and I like both of them. I gave the first one to my daughter who continues to enjoy it. I bought this one based on the stated dimensions with plans to use two cots inside the tent placing them parrellel to the solid walls. Unfortunately the cots did not fit so I returned the tent.

      Putting it to good use

      Great tent! Definitely like the fly vents, easy to setup. Perfect for family camping!

      Putting it to good use

      Does this have it's own carry case?

      Does this have it's own carry case?

      Yes it does.

      very nice tent

        side walls go straight up allowing more head room. dual layers keep water outside where it belongs


          This tent is a very easy set up. I was surprised to find out that the footprint is sold separately, so I ended up having to spend a bit more money. There aren't any bells and whistles to this tent. It is very straight forward, and if that is what you like, then this tent is for you. The two vestibules are a plus and gives a lot of extra open room which I like especially in the hot sun.

          is this tent free standing? I'm pretty...

          is this tent free standing? I'm pretty sure but do not wnat to be wrong.

          It is indeed.

          How would this tent hold up to camping in...

          How would this tent hold up to camping in the Olympic rainforests?

          If you plan on carrying it, look elsewhere. This tent weighs more than all of my camping gear combined!

          if you're just going to drive somewhere and camp out of the vehicle, it will hold up just fine.

          Dave is right about the carry thing. The full coverage rainfly means you should be nice a dry if your question is about precip.

          how long to set up for one person

          how long to set up for one person

          It takes me between 5 and 10 minutes to get it set up and staked out.

          looking for suggestions on tents: want a...

          looking for suggestions on tents: want a 3 person recreational/family tent. alum. poles, taped seams, 60+denier fabric, full coverage rain fly,good zipper, free standing, easy assembly, mesh panel (prefer kind with zip cover) sky view, and under 64 square feet. any recommendations?

          I recommend Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Ultra Light Tent

          I have used BA for years, great products

          I think the Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3 would suit your needs nicely- great sky view and zippered mesh panel

          any significant difference between the...

          any significant difference between the kelty trail ridge 4 and the northface rock32?

          The Kelty is bigger but weighs 3 lbs more, being a 4 person tent
          The NF is smaller and lighter. But both are pretty basic 3 season tents

          There is substantially more headroom and livable space in the Kelty due to how the poles are pre-bent making the walls much more vertical.

          Great tent.. very spacious

            i wanted something a little roomier than most 4 man tents seem to be and this delivered. Had plenty of room for a queen size mattress plus 2 dogs and extra space for gear. I really liked the the 2 large vestibules and the it has plenty of mesh for those hot summer camping trips... plus those vents are an added bonus! Also, setup was a snap.

            Great tent.. very spacious

            Kelty Trail Ridge Tent

            I needed to see if one person can set up. I need to see the amount of space the packed tent bag uses up in a canoe. The speeded up version is very non-helpful.