Campground was nicely kept and comfortably fit 3 tents, but also very crowded and could hear our neighbors on either size all night.
Really big space - we had two tents with plenty more room! Fire pit and picnic table. Paved parking spot. Bathrooms closeby. Really far into park. Lots of amenities right outside the campground including groceries, restaurant and bar, and post office.
They do post your name on the pole with site # too which is nice.
Thunder is loud and scary. Just a heads up!
highly recommend camping in the park! we arrived pretty late at night and had to assemble the tent in the dark, but it was private and quiet, a plus. we were close to the bathrooms, which were clean. and we woke up early to catch the sunrise, would do again!
Camping at the Grand Canyon is a must do for any traveler seeking the views of a lifetime. When I called to inquire reservations were highly suggested. When we arrived we understood exactly why, the campground at Mathers was at capacity.
When we pulled in there was a line assembled to check in during the late afternoon. Though long it went quickly and by the time I had made it to the front with my reservation the park ranger was quick to give me a map and directions.
Our site for the next two nights was 109, a primitive tent site on the third loop. When we arrived it was clearly marked and easy to navigate into with our small car. The only confusion came when attempting to identify where our tent was supposed to be positioned. There was no clear cut tent pad designated so we found the best area and set up for the stay.
The ground here was hard and rocky, much more difficult to drive in tent stakes. The grounds themselves contained nice tree coverage and a picnic table and fire ring.
Despite the harsh feeling of the rocky ground, when it was time to sleep we slept very well. The wind had been very aggressive when we first arrived but had died down since our arrival. I do recommend a bed roll or bed pas for sleeping which gives a little cushion. Our set up was perfect with some of the heavier blankets lining the floor for cushion.
Bathrooms were only about 75 yards from our campsite and were accommodating for both flushing toilets and pay showers. I do recommend bringing quarters if you plan on using the facilities for showers.
There is also an onsite laundry facility at the check in station.
The camping ground is positioned on the blue loop shuttle which will take you pretty much anywhere else you would like to go once you get into the park. I strongly advise using this system rather than driving to each lookout because parking can become difficult at lookouts.
Don't expect a ton of cell service in the mountain region. Cell service was hit or miss depending on what area of the camp or trails we were in, but that can be expected with the remote nature.
All in all we give this a 5 of 5 Bunnies for the well maintained roads, site spacing, clean facilities and helpful staff.
For more information about the campground and also the Grand Canyon adventure we took check out these videos:
Drive in spots for tents and RV camping. Restrooms available with water access. Perfect place for a quick walk to the canyon for sunrise or sunset. Very family friendly!
This is an awesome campground within a short walk to the south rim of Grand Canyon. RVs and tents are allowed. There’s no electrical hook-up at tent sites, but you have fresh dirt, a picnic table and a small charcoal pit with grill rack. Bathrooms are centralized and showers cost $2. Dog friendly, and fun! Just be advised it’s monsoon season in the summer if you plan to tent camp. Also, when we went no campfires were allowed.
This campsite was a highlight of a roadtrip i took in April this year. There were elk everywhere, the campsite was beautiful and clean. Definately reccomend it. Some tips: when I went it got pretty cold and windy so just make sure to be prepared. ROCKS on stakes and all that. No fires were aloud because of the wind advisories.
There is a bus that pickes you up for free right outside the campground that you can use to travel all over the grand canyon to various spots. It made it a lot more convienient to travel around the parks.
enjoy your trip!
This campground had everything we needed! There was A fire pit and grill , restrooms just across the travel road from our site with water and electric. It was acceptable, clean, quiet and shower close to the south rim.
This campground has well over 200 sites for hikers, bicyclists, backpackers, car campers etc!
RVs have a separate camping area for some sites in Mather can accommodate a small trailer without hookups.
It is not too expensive just expect it to be up to $20 or $22 a night. Multiple tents can fit in each site but parking is not always the best. Carpool when you can!
The South Rim general store is within easy walking distance depending on where your site isn,half a mile or less.
Grand Canyon's South Rim is also within a mile,there are some great bicycle/walking paths that are paved from the campground to the Visitor Center and Rim.
Very cold in the winter and very warm in the summer by the way!!
Ponderosa Pines makes the campground feel isolated and secluded but you're incredibly close to the camp store and South Rim.
Very clean bathroom facilities, picnic tables and fire rings.
Very dark and quiet at night - an awesome campground all around