Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Mather Campground

Mather Campground is located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. Grand Canyon is one of the most inspiring landscapes on Earth and draws over five million visitors per year to its spectacular scenery. Mather campground Grand Canyon is large and can accommodate a variety of needs and comfort levels. It is the only campground within Grand Canyon Village. Scenic overlooks, the park's free shuttle bus system, the Visitor Center, the general store and hiking and biking trails are all within a few miles from the facility. The campground is at an elevation of approximately 7,000 ft. Summers are sunny with high temperatures generally in the 80s. Thunderstorms frequently occur in July, August, and early September. Fall and spring are mostly sunny and cool with the occasional snow. Weather is variable; visitors should come prepared.


From the campground, campers can access the Greenway, a paved walking and biking trail that leads to scenic overlooks and the Visitor Center. The Rim Trail, a paved walking trail, is one mile away and runs for 14 miles along the edge of the canyon. Leashed pets are allowed on both trails, but are not permitted below the rim. Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails descend into the canyon. Their trailheads are a short shuttle bus ride from the campground. The park's concessionaire also offers day and overnight mule riding trips into the canyon and along the rim.


Mather Campground is a large facility with 327 campsites. Each site includes a campfire ring with a cooking grate, picnic table, parking space and room for up to three tents. There are flush toilets and drinking water spigots throughout the campground. There are no hookups available but there is a free dump station near by at Camper Services. Trailer Village, located next to Mather Campground, has hookups and can accommodate larger RVs. Almost all of the RV spaces are pull-through. Generators are NOT permitted in Pine Loop (sites 265-319).

Natural Features

Mather Campground lies beneath a mixture of a tall canopy of Ponderosa pine, Pinyon, and Juniper trees, providing most campsites with ample shade. The campground is one mile from the rim of the canyon. A visit to the canyon during sunrise and sunset yields spectacular views of yellow, orange, red and violet hues in the canyon walls. Layers of rock display billions of years of geologic history. Campers can take a short shuttle bus ride from the campground to the Visitors Center. Visitors can also visit Yavapai Geology Museum, where they learn about the forces that formed the canyon. Below, visitors can see the mighty Colorado River, which flows 277 miles through the bottom of the canyon. Wildlife abounds on the South Rim, including elk, mule deer, coyotes, lizards, songbirds and the endangered California condor. Although condors nest below the rim, they can be seen soaring several thousand feet above the canyon in search for carrion.

Nearby Attractions

Numerous visitor centers, restaurants, museums and shops are within a shuttle bus ride from the campground. Beyond the village, Desert View provides one of the widest views of Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert. The Desert View Watchtower displays the talent of architect Mary Jane Colter. Tusayan Ruin and Museum provide glimpses into the life of a small Ancestral Puebloan village 800 years ago. Both are within 25 miles from the campground.

ADA Access: N

Fee Info
Please Note: The $6 campsites are for campers who arrive on foot or bicycle only. Please refer to the Need to Know section for more information.
March 1st - November 30th
$26.00 - $50.00
National Park Service
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
No WiFi
Mather Campground is located in Arizona
36.0497 N
-112.1205 W
Get Directions
Mather Campground is located within the park in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. From the south entrance station, proceed for about three miles and turn left on Center Road. Travel 1/4 mile and turn right onto Market Plaza Road. The campground is about one mile down Market Plaza Road on the right. From the east entrance station, follow the road 25 miles and turn left at the "t" intersection onto South Entrance Road. Travel about 1/2 mile and turn right at the intersection onto Center Road. Travel 1/4 mile and turn right onto market plaza road. The campground is about one mile down market plaza road on the right.
113 Reviews of Mather Campground
A great campground

The tent sites are very nice, with lovely trees for shade. This is an amazing park, I can't wait to go back!

Close to South Rim. Amazing Scenery.

This campground seems to me the most popular at the South rim. It is in a great central location. Very close to The Rim Trail, Desert View Dr., Visitors center, and the town of Tusayan where you can find anything you might need, including the Imax Theater and helicopter tours. If you are lucky enough to visit here on a clear night, you can expect to see a spectacular night sky. Don't stay up too late though, you'll want to be up to watch the sun come up over the canyon. Probably the best sunrise I've ever watched.

Camping Close to the rim....

Mather Campground in withing the Grand Canyon South Village Area and very accessible to all that the park has to offer. With regular shuttle runs not far you can access just about anywhere easily. When we arrived the campground was full (early Sept) but the rangers were just great and told us our options. Showers are available for a fee and you can't beat being at the canyon rim for sunset! Elk and other critters are all around so keep an eye out (especially at night!) Sights are not very large but everyone was very respectful. Great way to just park and play - almost never having to move your vehicle for your whole visit :-)

Camping on the Rim - Site 226

We camped on the south rim of the Grand Canyon the night before our hike down. Our hiking crew was arriving from a couple of different places, so this was a perfect place to meet up. We had supplies for hiking down into the canyon for a couple of nights, but we ate at one of the cafeteria's in the south rim park just to keep things simple the night before the hike.

Cold but fun

We camped there the second week of March during spring break. It was perfect! Cold at night but the facilities were very nice and accommodating. Water, restrooms and showers were all provided, good table and fire rings as well.

Grand Canyon

The campsite is typical for a national parl..Showers are avaliable using coin machine.

I was here during the government shot down and we had the park all to ourselves which was great.

Be aware of the Elk walking at night

Wonderful campground

Stayed at site 142. Absolutely wonderful campground - largest in the Grand Canyon NP. When we arrived, the campground was technically full with “No Vacancy” signs posted. We actually pulled in thinking that we could ask them where else to stay for the night, but one of the park admins was kind enough to check for cancellations and told us that there was an administrative site available - wonderful! My dad was able to use his National Park senior citizen pass, so we paid a whopping $9 for the site. Very nice, private gravel tent sites with a great picnic table fire ring - all the standard stuff. Really appreciated the quiet and respectful nature of the campground as well. Right in the park, so obviously very close to everything that you want to do. Amazing!

Nice and hot

This campsite was so big. This site is very popular so you should check in very very early. It was absolutely cold at night. The temperature dropped to 30 degrees and everyone wanted warm showers. The showers were 2 dollars for 8 minutes. The site was 18 dollars and it was 30 dollars for entering the park. We had a nps annual pass. I recommend getting one if you go to any national Parks really often. You will save a lot of money. This place has a lot of campers so you will receive very little privacy. At night make sure to have a good sleeping bag because it can drop down to 18 degrees at night.


Nice and clean campground. You'll need to make sure to book well in advance to reserve a spot here even though there are several hundred campsites in this spot. This is a convenient campground location close to park access and many many amenities! It can seem a bit crowded, but still caught a few glimpses of coyotes in the morning. I'd stay here again!

Best view of the stars at night!

Non electric but we had a great view of the stars, stayed in July hot during the day and cold at night, had trees around our site so we could have our live infinitely hammock! Very cute site