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MATHER CAMPGROUND, AZ

part ofGrand Canyon National Park, National Park Service
Photo: MATHER CAMPGROUND
Status: Open through Sat Nov 29 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Mather 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.

Natural Features:

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.

Campers can take a short shuttle bus ride from the campground to the Yavapai Geology Museum, to 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 often be seen soaring several thousand feet above the canyon in search for carrion.

Recreation:

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.

Trailheads for the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails, which descend into the canyon, are a short drive or 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:

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.

Nearby Attractions:

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.

Grand Canyon Visitor and Information Centers

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Bank
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Campfire Programs
  • Corrals
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Grocery Store
  • Group Camping
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hand Pump
  • Hiking
  • Ice Machine
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pay Phone
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Stock Watering Tank
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Trails below the rim are steep; For backcountry camping below the rim, call 928-638-7888
  • Summer temperatures soar above 100 degrees, and there are few or no water refill stations below the rim; prepare accordingly
  • This is a high elevation facility. Please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Afternoon thunderstorms are common from June through September
  • The terrain in the campground is hard and rocky; sleeping pads are suggested and leveling equipment for RVs is recommended
  • Collecting firewood is not allowed, but is available at the general store
  • Showers and laundry are coin operated
  • Fifth-wheel owners, please reserve one of the following sites only: 120, 121, 128, 172 or 185. These will hold up to a 34-ft. fifth-wheel. Please do not reserve these sites if you have anything other than a fifth-wheel.
  • No parking is available for sites 24A-F and 25A-f. These are communal hiker/biker sites and hold up to one person, one tent and no vehicles. If you have more than one person hiking party you will need to make more than one reservation.
  • Visitors who reserve horse camping sites must have livestock (horse or mule) to use the sites.
  • Large groups arriving by bus must reserve sites 1, 6 or 7. The remaining group sites do not have parking for buses.
  • Pets are allowed
  • This campground does not offer first-come, first-served sites.
  • If you will arrive late for your reservation, please call 928-638-7851 to avoid extra fees
  • All commercial tour companies are required by their CUA agreement to book group sites only, not individual family sites.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.05278, -112.11444
36°3'10"N, 112°6'52"W

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MATHER CAMPGROUND
P.O Box 129
Grand Canyon  AZ  86023

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)638-7851
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