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.
$15.00 - $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
Trash Available
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.
109 Reviews of Mather Campground
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

Accommodates many people

Such a beautiful area and you're able to take hikes to get away from the people however in the campgrounds it is slightly crowd if they're not very big camp sites and the campgrounds seem like they fill up pretty quickly definitely worth it to see such a beauty as the Grand Canyon

Beautiful, yet crowded

This was such a beautiful and well kept Campground however we have gone on a weekday and it seems pretty busy definitely not a campground if you are looking to be alone

Mather's Grand Canyon

Everything close by, buses to Grand Canyon ( perfect for hikers) campsites a little close to each other , but I understand they are trying to accommodate many travelers . General store has everything . Will stay again on my next hiking adventure of Grand Canyon

close to the rim, lacks privacy

I feel like this is a park that you give up privacy and a 'back to nature' experience, so you can be in the heart of Grand Canyon National Park. This campground is near the rim of the canyon, hiking, and other convinces. It's a great, close, place to spend the nights at during your park stay.