Mather Campground is the largest campground and most popular spot to call it a night in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The campground is well shaded and offers spacious sites for RVs, plus cozy tent-only sites. Views of the South Rim are only a mile's walk from the campground, and you can easily hop on the Grand Canyon shuttle right near the entrance to be whisked away to all the South Rim's grandest sights. Although there are no hookups here, you’ll find hot showers, super clean restrooms, laundry facilities, and a water-filling station for RVs all near the Camper Services building.

Tips for Snagging a Campsite Reservation

  • Most Mather Campground sites can be reserved up to six months in advance online.
  • Advanced reservations are strongly recommended from March through November. Campsites often book up months in advance, especially for the busy summer season.
  • Only a handful of sites are available each day on a first-come, first-served basis. For the best chance at scoring one, arrive at the campground first thing in the morning. 
  • During the winter months, from December 1 through February 28, all sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • When to Go

    Late spring and early fall, when the weather is not too hot and crowds are less intimidating, is the best time for camping at the Mather Campground. Reservations are still strongly recommended but are easier to come by, especially mid-week. Avoid holiday weekends altogether if you can. Mather is the only Grand Canyon campground that remains open in winter, when all sites are first-come, first-served.

    Campsite area
    Tent or RV sites
    306 sites
    Up to 6 guests per site
    Up to 6 vehicles
    No wheelchair access
    Campfires allowed
    Toilet available
    Pets allowed
    Showers available
    Picnic table available


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    Hipcamper Colin
    Colin K.
    recommends this listing.
    February 13th, 2019

    Do not be stingy on layers!

    Hipcamper Caroline
    Caroline A.
    recommends this listing.
    November 21st, 2018

    We lucked out and came at a slow/coldish (low teens at night) time in November. There were only a few other campers in sight.

    Hipcamper David
    David W.
    recommends this listing.
    October 5th, 2018

    Stay longer than you usually do

    Hipcamper Ryan
    Ryan K.
    recommends this listing.
    October 4th, 2018

    Great views and awesome weather in July. I would wake up early and walk down to the bottom.

    Hipcamper Elisabetta Fox
    Elisabetta Fox P.
    recommends this listing.
    September 13th, 2018

    Breathtaking location!

    Hipcamper Alice
    Alice L.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    August 29th, 2018

    This campground is very nice, considering it’s in such a busy National Park. We stayed in site 190, which was surprisingly private! Pretty far from a bathroom, but not a big deal.

    We couldn’t have a campfire when we visited in June, but we knew that in advance and it’s not too unusual. The grocery store near this campground is out-of-control. It has just about everything you could ever want, and the food and drink isn’t too marked up. (Though the camping supplies are.)

    This is a great base from which to access the glories of the Grand Canyon, but it’s not a campground you’ll want to spend time at specifically. It’s a place to pitch a tent, prepare your meals, and maybe hang a hammock for a little nap after your hike.

    Hipcamper Nicholas
    Nicholas H.
    recommends this listing.
    March 3rd, 2018

    Book as far in advance as you can. We were in Pine Loop, which is tent only and generator free. All of the sites there are pretty good for what you need.

    Hipcamper Kourtney
    Kourtney W.
    has mixed feelings towards this listing.
    January 18th, 2018

    Can be a bit busy.

    Hipcamper Catherine
    Catherine H.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    November 28th, 2017

    For a campground in such a popular place I feel that it is “campy” enough to get the camping experience. Spaces are fairly close together but this is a very established campground so trees are large, sites are well defined, washrooms are clean.
    We dumped at the dump station. There was a bit of a line-up due to elk wanting water. Easy access right by the laundromat.

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