Mather Campground

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About Mather Campground

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Storybook forest camping at the Grand Canyon, who knew? Mather Campground provides spacious and shady RV, tent, and even horse sites with stars at night that are simply unbeatable. There’s great sites for group camping, and your party may just turn into a group with all the new elk pals you’re bound to make. Water, super clean restrooms, a dump station, and showers means you Read more...
Storybook forest camping at the Grand Canyon, who knew? Mather Campground provides spacious and shady RV, tent, and even horse sites with stars at night that are simply unbeatable. There’s great sites for group camping, and your party may just turn into a group with all the new elk pals you’re bound to make. Water, super clean restrooms, a dump station, and showers means you don’t have to get completely grizzly on your adventures, and the free park shuttle is a short walk to take you right to the rim. Mather is the place to kick it on the South Rim, just ask the elk!
Fires are allowed
Pets are allowed
Potable water is not available
  • Listing type: Public
  • No. of sites: 306
  • Phone: (928) 638-7888
  • Accessible by: Drive, Horse
  • Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs

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Hipcamper Jaymie

Mather Campground is GREAT. It's a little hard to find when driving from the entrance so check your map a head of time and pay attention to the signs. The bathrooms are great, very nice and clean (even heated during the winter/spring!), there may be occasional elk that romp through the grounds but that's what makes it fun. I would definitely recommend this camp ground for group camping!

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Hipcamper Corene

Awesome campground. There's a shuttle system that is included in your park entrance fee, which allows you to get around the park very easily. There's a shuttle stop right outside of the campground. The shuttles run frequently so you can explore a lot of the park in good time. The bathrooms in the campground are very clean.

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Hipcamper Kristin

Wonderful campground. Very busy during peak season (reservation only) but very spacious and quiet (my experience anyway). We stayed in the Pine Loop which is tent only but there were a couple campers in the loop anyway. Our site (#309) had enough room for 4 tents, tons of trees for me to hang my hammock, and had easy access to restrooms and water. The only downside was the amount of large rocks that were in the ground surrounding the fire pit and picnic table. Shuttle stop right outside campground and the market is right down the street for all your camping needs. Happy camping!

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Hipcamper Jason

This campground is pretty massive and busy but fairly easy to reserve if you plan far enough in advance. There's some cell service with AT&T but mostly a dead-zone. I prefer camping on the North Rim but the South Rim definitely has a lot to offer.

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Hipcamper Anne

Very clean, pretty quiet and perfect for tent camping! The campground is massive and a little hard to find so make sure to pay attention to all the signs once you enter the park. There are shuttles to take you to trail heads and look-out points, but we found that driving was just as easy and allowed us to go on our own schedule, this was key for our sunrise hike to Ohh Aahh Point. Our spot had plenty of space for 2-3 tents, a fire pit, and was right near the bathrooms--just what we needed!

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Hipcamper Nathan

We went when it was snowing, bring a warm sleeping bag and plenty of hand warmers.

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Hipcamper Tierra

ELKS! Everywhere in the campground. Watch the Ravens, they will steal your PB and Jay!

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Hipcamper Sully

Stayed here during a summer rainstorm and our tent was almost washed away. In case of inclement weather, find an upstream site or at least a good patch on your lot!

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Hipcamper Danica

We stayed here over Thanksgiving weekend, and it was amazing. Waking up to Elk going across the campsite, walking distance to the South Rim activities, and the general store is a quick 5 minute drive. We will definitely be coming back and recommend it to everyone!

Hipcamper Melinda

We really enjoyed camping at Mather. We got lucky and booked some last-minute cancellations about a week before we headed to the Grand Canyon. The campground is really big. Even if you feel like your neighbors are a bit close, the sites are deep enough that you can put some space between your tents. We spent one night at site 90 in the Fir Loop which was a beautiful spot. Our next two nights were spent at site 313 in the Pine Loop. That site was a bit more rocky, but still lovely. Lots of trees to hang your hammock from! There were a bunch of elk that wandered through the Fir Loop in the morning too. The facilities are great. Bathrooms are clean with lights at night and even have soap dispensers/hand driers.

Hipcamper Isaac

Mather campground is just awesome! As soon as you enter the park, all signs to all places are well placed to not get easily lost, and there is a check in/checkout station with really friendly rangers to help you in any way possible. They do warn about the ravens getting into your food so pack your stuff in hard side containers and all trash needs to be taken to the bins right away. There are super clean restrooms pretty close by with dishwashing stations and where you can get potable water. We reserved our spot in mid april for a stay in Mid May and most sites were booked up already, make sure you get yours with time.

Hipcamper Nicole

A little popular but very convenient and accommodating.

Hipcamper Nick

Book early, pack warm, take down your hammocks when you leave for the day - otherwise they may be ripped apart by wildlife.

Hipcamper Heather

Cannot recommend mather enough! Loved this campground. Expect large crowds...it is the grand canyon after all. But the bathrooms are some of the cleanest I have ever seen and the surrounding guest are respectful of your space and time of night/day.

Hipcamper Heidi

Avoid site 26 in loop A... you will have the shower house for a view, and people cutting through your campground

Park
Grand Canyon National Park
State
Arizona
Phone Number
(928) 638-7888
Directions
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Coordinates
36.053° N, 112.114° W
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