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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. The campground 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.

Recreation

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.

Facilities

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

Sites
357
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.
Price
$15.00 - $50.00
Operator
National Park Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Mather Campground is located in Arizona
Latitude
36.0497 N
Longitude
-112.1205 W
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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
Lucked out.

My mom and I were not campers before we took off on our 3000 mile journey strictly sticking to camp grounds for our accommodations. Therefore we were unaware of the whole idea of campgrounds being booked a year in advance. Fortunately we were able to slip in because of a cancelation- but I would advise reservations!! This was a great spot other than being a bit crowded. We had some awesome camp neighbors within view- so if you're looking for privacy this isn't the place. Having the bus system was a nice asset, along with being among the first to be able to creep out and catch the sunrise in the morning. It's nice to be right in on the action- would definitely suggest this over staying outside the park!

Great but Crowded!

This was my first time to the Grand Canyon and I was lucky enough to snag a last minute camping spot at Mather. Mather is in the park and $18. Using the recreation.gov website to book was easy enough and the actual campsite was pretty good. Lots of dirt and pine needles and rocks so we needed to clear a pretty decent area before we could set up. It gets incredibly dark at night (within 45min of the sunset) but the stars are truly incredible. I'd advise cooking before sunset! Each campsite had a grate covered fire pit. The general store is of course overpriced but literally had everything you could possibly need so don't fret if you forget lighter fluid, firewood, enough beer, etc. Mather was pretty crowded but it was a great first experience at the Grand Canyon. We were there in mid-July (2016) and could sleep very comfortably at night. Will definitely be back!

Great but very crowded!

This was my first time to the Grand Canyon and I was lucky enough to snag a last minute camping spot at Mather. Mather is in the park and $18. Using the recreation.gov website to book was easy enough and the actual campsite was pretty good. Lots of dirt and pine needles and rocks so we needed to clear a pretty decent area before we could set up. It gets incredibly dark at night (within 45min of the sunset) but the stars are truly incredible. I'd advise cooking before sunset! Each campsite had a grate covered fire pit. The general store is of course overpriced but literally had everything you could possibly need so don't fret if you forget lighter fluid, firewood, enough beer, etc. Mather was pretty crowded but it was a great first experience at the Grand Canyon. We were there in mid-July (2016) and could sleep very comfortably at night. Will definitely be back!

Mather Campground

The Grand Canyon Natonal Park is spectacular! Me and my girlfriend camped at Mather Campground and enjoyed our visit very much! Facilities were above average for most primal sites. And the sites were breathtaking! We will be back for sure!

South Rim camping

Beautiful sites but extremely over crowded . Stayed 1 night to begin the rim to rim challenge. Showers and laundry. too many people for me. But that is 1 hike off my list

Easily accessible with plenty of amenities

This campground was a great way to start out our journey down into the canyon. There was running water in the bathroom and places to dispose of garbage as well as a place for campfires. Only down side was how crowded the campground got.

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.