Activities and Amenities
MATHER CAMPGROUND, AZ
part ofGrand Canyon National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Sat Nov 29 2014 Season Dates
OverviewMather Campground is located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, draws nearly five million visitors per year to its spectacular scenery.
The facility 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 Grand Canyon Visitor Center, the general store and hiking and biking trails are all within a few miles from the facility.
The facility is at an elevation of approximately 7,000 ft. Summers are pleasant with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s, though there are frequent thunderstorms in the afternoons. Fall and spring are mostly sunny and cool with the occasional snow. Weather is variable; visitors should come prepared.
Mather Campground lies beneath a tall canopy of Ponderosa pine 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.
From the campground, campers can access the Greenway, a paved walking and biking trail that leads to scenic overlooks and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. The Rim Trail, a paved walking trail, is one mile away and runs for 14 miles along the edge of the canyon. Pets are allowed on both trails, but are not permitted below the rim.
With 327 sites, this is one of the larger facilities. Campsites include 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 pumps throughout the campground. There is a free dump station but no hookups available (Trailer Village, located next to Mather Campground, has hookups and can accommodate larger RVs). Almost all of the RV spaces are pull-through. Pine loop (sites 265-319) is a tent-only area and generators are not permitted.
Numerous visitor centers, restaurants, museums and shops are within a shuttle bus ride from the campground. Beyond the village, Desert View Watchtower displays the talent of architect Mary Jane Coulter and provides one of the widest views of Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert on the South Rim. Tusayan Museum and Pueblo Indian ruins take visitors back in time to a community that lived in the area 800 years ago. Both are within 25 miles from the campground.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Mather Campground is located in the Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. It is 210 driving miles (4.5 hours) south of North Rim Campground.
From the south entrance, follow the road 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, 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.
Mailing Address:MATHER CAMPGROUND
P.O Box 129
Grand Canyon AZ 86023
Phone Number:Information: (928)638-7851