A group of friends and I stayed at this campground on a Saturday night on the weekend of May 5, 2018. We got to the campsite around 2:00pm and were lucky to find a spot across the bridge next to the roaring creek. It was a beautiful open spot and the bathroom wasn’t too far away. There were bear proof food lockers for your food and drinking water nearby. We bought some firewood from the marketplace, which was next to the campground. The Lodgepole visitor center was closed for construction.
My friend and I stayed here after being at the Grand Canyon for two days, and we arrived around 5pm on a Friday night. There were no tent camping spots available, and only 1 RV site spot available. We let an RV have it since we felt bad taking up an RV spot with a tent. We were afraid we wouldn’t have anywhere to stay when some very nice people let us set up our tent on their site with their RV. We stayed there for one night and it wasn’t as cold as the Grand Canyon. We had a fire and ate dinner and there was a picnic table. You are not allowed to hang your hammock on the trees. The bathrooms had flush toilets and sinks along with an outside sink for washing dishes and trash recepticles. There was a water spicket but it was winterized. This campground is located next to the visitor center and one of the entrances, so it is very convenient!
A friend and I stayed at Mather for two nights in January on our cross country road trip from NC to CA. The temperature got into the 20’s at night, so it was chilly, but we had layers, sleeping bags, and blankets. The campsite had a picnic table, a fire ring, a grill cover for the fire ring, and bathrooms nearby. The bathrooms had flush toilets and sinks along with a water spicket outside. There was also a facility near the campground with pay hot showers, laundry, and nicer bathrooms. I loved the location of this campground because it was so close to everything! It was near the market, bus stop, visitor center, and the middle of the South Rim. Would definitely stay there again!
I stayed here with a couple of friends on Presidents Day Weekend and it was completely booked! They had just changed the campsite to online reservation a week prior and we didn’t know that by looking online. Anyways, a lovely family with an RV let us stay at their campsite with our tent. There were pit toilets and trash recepticles. No running water was available there. The campground is surrounded with many large rocks you can climb to get a good view of the park around you and especially the sunset! It is also walking distance from skull rock. There was wildlife around, like hares and kangaroo rats. Be aware it can get windy at night!