I called the 800 number for reservations at Mather campground for 1 week, starting March 20. When I arrived on March 20, the campground told me my reservations were for April 20. They were full and still found me a space for 1 week. They were great. Very friendly staff. The campground is a typical National Park with no hookups. The rangers and park police drove the campground on regular basis. Showers clean and only $2. Laundry clean and plenty of machines. Everyone at the park was friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a National Park operated campground and has no hookups. It is a beautiful park with paved sites and about half are pull-through. All sites have a combo BBQ-fire ring and picnic table. If you can boondock, consider staying here. Generator hours are from 8-10 am and 6-8pm. There is a laundry, $1.75 wash and $1 for dry (8am-4pm), and showers (8am-6pm). Obviously these hours are for the benefit of the government employees who supervise these facilities and are not intended to meet the needs of campers), dump station and potable water. At the nearby Market Plaza, there is a bank, and a grocery store with a surprisingly good selection food including fresh vegetables, fruit, and meats. Diesel is available at Tusayan and Desert View at inflated prices. There is a convenient free shuttles that operates throughout most of the park, however, not to the far east end of the park. Full recycling is available. The $18 campsite fee does not include the $10 reservation fee. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This goes down as one of our very favorite campgrounds. Pull-through site with a large woodsy area that included a picnic table and fire pit (plenty of trees). Much space between sites. Beautiful, peaceful setting within walking distance of shuttle bus stop and market. We originally booked Trailer Village but changed after reading the reviews. While Mather is in a much more beautiful setting, Trailer Village was definitely better than a "parking lot" as others have described. If we wanted hook-ups and never saw Mather, we would have been pleased. Having said this, we were thrilled to have changed to Mather. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were pleasantly surprised by this park. Our experience with camping in the US, as we have stated in previous posts, is that you either get a parking lot with hookups or "rustic" sites with no hookups- there is usually no middle ground. Although the same applied here (no hookups), the environment was very nice. Although not terribly private, the site we had in Aspen loop was clean, level and generally very nice. As stated in other posts, we had several elk wander through and even lie down in the woods around the sites- very cool. The biggest downside to it was that after paying $25 to enter the park, they dinged you for every other little thing such as the use of a computer terminal in the laundry area and $2 for every shower. This is a pain in the neck as you constantly have to carry or get change. Our suggestion is to bump the entrance rate a bit and don't nickle and dime everyone- similar to other national parks (ie. Mesa Verde). I would agree that the pull through sites are tight and in fact we had to back out of ours to get out- there was no way to negotiate the corner. We actually had to relocate to another site on the last night. We took a "tent" site in Pine loop and backed into the site- it was much more private than our original one. We would recommend this campground and would stay here again without question. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Adequate space between campsites and the abundance of trees gave us a sense of privacy. I enjoyed the smell of pine trees throughout our stay, and there were two elk lying around the campground during the day. Our site, 45, had a rather large open area which was close, but not too close, to the RR's and dish washing sink. Not a lot of traffic through the campground since people walk to the bus stop to tour GCNP. Beware of the pull-through sites as they really vary as far as the ability to get an RV or a trailer in and out; we were tight with our 21' travel trailer. The arrangement of the commercial-size trash containers was interesting; they are dispersed throughout the campground and are located next to the campsites, so you may end up camping next to a set - I wonder whether you could see these on Google Earth to avoid them? We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We tent camped here on the Pine Loop. This is a beautiful campground of Pinon-Juniper forest. Short walk to the free shuttle bus to visit sites around the park. Close to the market plaza where there is a general store and restaurant. Great location for seeing the sites at GC. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Tent.
Great big campground within walking distance of the free shuttle bus system. We camped in a large pull through site up near the top of the campground. The sites are large and very quiet. Be aware, though, the campground is hilly, and we were quite tired walking uphill from the shuttle stop. Next time, we'll try to get a site closer to the entrance. Beautiful location. Can't wait to go back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
To be honest, we were disappointed. But after being here, I understand the situation. This Grand Canyon National Park has hundreds of visitors and campers. We were lucky to have reserved a pull-through on the Juniper Loop. Although our site was microscopic and a real challenge to manuver into (and out of), it was larger than others. If you're in a Class A, it will be snug. There are no hookups in this CG; Trailer Village should have some hookups and can handle larger RVs. We used the Shuttle System to get around the park. That worked well, however we needed to unhook the Toad to drive to the nearest shuttle parking lot. We left at 5:00am and thought we'd be waking up everyone. However, many others were up at that time too, everyone going to the Rim to view the canyon at sunrise. Strong recommendation: see the canyon right at sunrise and right at sunset, those were our most memorable moments. When we were here (mid-June) every campsite was taken, every parking place taken around the visitor center, mobs of people everywhere. Just be prepared for that. (Probably more people from France, Germany, and Japan than from the US). We had several enjoyable conversations with many of them. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There are plenty of sites for big rigs, but they limit the size to 30 feet due to the fact of maneuvering through the trees to get in and out of the park loops. We found this not a problem but could see this might be intimidating if at night or very crowded. So there you have it, dry camping at its best but you are limited with size of rig. We stayed here three days with our large DP and had a great time. The limited generator time was no problem. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good location in the Grand Canyon area. The sites are wooded and not too close together. The showers are at the entrance to the campground and are $2 for 8 minutes, but that is plenty of time. There is a laundry at the same facility and both are very clean. There is an attendant available at all times, so quarters can be obtained on site. There are limited sites for larger rigs but ours was a large pull through. We would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a nice forest camping experience. Yes there are other campsites near by but not too close. The sites are on the small side not because they are side by side, but because they were cleared with as little damage to the native vegetation as possible. I have never driven a 40’ MH or pulled a long 5th wheel, but I think it would be a challenge on some of the interior roads. Many trees along the interior roads show scars from encounters with RVs. Guess who always wins. There are some sites that look big-rig friendly. The ranger who checks you in will know if your rig will fit. There are no hook ups. If you want to shower, use the one you brought with you or there are a pay showers near the entrance. Bring lots of quarters and rinse off fast. There are rest rooms in the camping areas. Take advantage of as many Ranger walks and talks as you can. These folks are very knowledgeable on the Parks geology, vegetation, and history. You will come away with knew knowledge and a much enhanced canyon experience. This is a great place to bike. The roads are bike friendly, there are bike paths, and you can bike to any vantage point depending on your own endurance. Bikes are not allowed on the rim trail. At first thought this was a bummer. However, the rim trail was meant for walking, looking, and contemplation. I realized that doing the latter two on a bike could place you at the bottom of the canyon much faster than a hike. There is a large supermarket within walking distance. The Nat. Park provides a shuttle service to many areas that you will want to visit. Only service dogs are allowed on the shuttle. For those who can’t bear the thought of not having full hook ups, there is another campground in the park a short distance from Mather, Grand Canyon Trailer Village which has those full hook ups. It is not run by the National Park Service. I didn’t bike through it this trip, but a couple of years ago I did. It isn’t some place I’d want to stay with Mather so close by. How can I put this, you have seen parks like this many times. If you have children with you, or you are on a romantic getaway, Mather Campground’s environment will provide a more memorable experience for both situations, even though a romantic getaway with children must be an oxymoron. I will visit the Grand Canyon in the future. I will always enjoy staying at Mather. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
As noted by other reviewers, this is a great campground. We have a 27 ft motorhome and found the road and sites tight but very doable. The shuttle is very convenient. Reservations are definitely a good idea, particularly during high season. We drove through the full-hookup campground and definitely would not want to stay there. Very close and trashy. To correct a prior post, generator hours are from 8 until 10 a.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. That is a bit restrictive since we wanted to be out hiking earlier and often wanted to be out to dinner during the evening hours. But, we made it work. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice place but very dry camping. There is a spigot to fill up your tanks. South exposure for Sat setup if you want to watch during generator hours 8-10pm, 6-8am. Very close to Yavapai Lodge where you can get free Wi-Fi at the Canyon Cafe there almost all day and very late at night. Very important for those of you that need internet. Nice shower building $2.00 for 8 min. Great place to see South Rim. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a wonderful setting. Our campsite was quite spacious with plenty of trees and shade. The sites were well spaced from each other. We often felt like we were camping by ourselves in the woods. We had regular visits from elk. There were no hookups of course but water was easily accessible and there were central showers (fee) a short drive down the hill to the check-in area. The campground is only a short distance from the Canyon and the tourists but felt isolated from the crowds. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a really nice place to stay. Short walk to the Grand Canyon or pick up a free shuttle at the entrance. Nice spots with trees for shade and privacy. We had to move three times because individual spots can be reserved months ahead of time. The pull throughs can be tight to get into because of trees and narrow driveways. Much nicer than Trailer Village. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Dry camping at its best. We have a 25-ft class A and could get around the narrow road OK, but bigger rigs might find it tight. (Another campground with hookups is close by.) Very large, treed site. Walking distance to big grocery store/gift shop as well as the shuttle stops. Large laundry, very clean and convenient. Couldn't get cell service at the site, but could at the more populated areas, like Grand Canyon Village. Rate was half-price; senior rate. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great family park. We pulled in with our 33' MH with super slide and had no problems. We had site # 183 the first night, pulled in backwards, which faced the table and fire ring. It also had the local water bib for folks to wash dishes, etc. Us pulling in backwards allowed our slide to cover the mud hole created by the water bib run-off. Site was plenty long for our rig. Second night we moved to site # 258 (across the street) due to late reservations on our part. Good site, a bit shorter, but all OK!. Peaceful and great smelling! An easy walk down to the bus or store. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Mather campground, Grand Canyon National Park. Dark and quiet, despite being very big. (Of course, it is off-season and pretty cold at night.) Convenient via 15 minute walking trail or shuttle to Market Plaza with large grocery store, deli and post office, and to the canyon, but you still feel like you're deep in the woods. Bathrooms clean, with flush toilets, but the showers are pay, and a hike. They have nice-looking dish washing stations, but were closed for the season. The campground is very pretty, with well-spaced sites and sites and lots of big trees. Vehicle traffic is limited to rigs of 30' or less, which makes sense; I wouldn't want to try it with anything bigger. Sites are level, with paved parking or pull-through pads, and the rest grass & dirt. There is so much to do here, walks and hikes and lectures – it would be easy to spend the better part of a week and still not do everything. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I stayed here one night to visit the Grand Canyon on my way home. The staff was quite friendly and the park was very nice. I was at a site that had a threaded water spigot so I was able to easily re-fill my tank up. It was very quite in the Oak loop and very serene. Some elk wandered through the campground in the morning. The dump station was well designed but the water lines (potable/non-potable) were on the wrong side requiring two 25 foot hoses to reach my rig. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
No hook-ups available, but a very great experience. The campsite really gives you the real camping experience. Free buses near the entrance to see all of the South Rim. Campsite was very clean and really BIG! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Primitive site, with power and maybe water. Beautifully situated in trees, nice private spaces, mostly gravel or dirt and small, our 30’ was ‘ok’ but really geared to small rigs, campers and pop ups or tents. Loved it there. Specific generator times and quiet times. Rest rooms, showers and laundry all very well maintained. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If it wasn't for the bathrooms, which should be better maintained, I'd give it a 10. HUGE, beautiful sites. Great location. The camper services building adjacent to the campground was convenient for laundry and showers. It was clean and in good shape. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
OK: this is camping unplugged, but the setting was gorgeous and hardly anyone in the park in October. Lots of trees. We used our coach for showers, dump and water available at the entry to the campgrounds. We loved it. Did not like the "getto" feel of the trailer campground up the street with hookups. HUGE difference in ambiance. A light hike to the store and rim. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 4 / 10 ]
For such a premier national park (the canyon, rim facilities, and transit system are super), one would think the campground would be just as great. Not so. Showers and laundry are located at the campground gate area and are clean ($1 for a 5 minute shower: hey, it IS a desert). If you are sited at the back end of the campground like we were, you will probably want to drive down the hill for your shower (remember, at 7,000 feet, it's a hike back and you'll be all sweaty and hot again). And if you did not go early in the morning, there was a line waiting for you to stand in. The RESTROOMS, however, are another story when it comes to cleanliness. They were filthy morning, noon and night. I saw a cleaning individual one time, and I do not believe they did a thing except for checking on the toilet paper supply. A hose and a scrub-down were needed. In our area (Juniper Loop), one of the doors to the two men's stalls would not stay shut, and that left it to one stall for about 100 men in the area. Sites had ground fire grills concreted in the center of the dusty campsites, leaving little room for a tent without bumping into bedrock, pinyon roots, or trees. Cut branches were sharp and a hazard to the head or even the eyes. If it were not for the fact this campground were at Grand Canyon National Park, I believe it would go out of business based upon the filthy bath houses. Management needs to invest in a cleaning crew and campsite consultant. We camped here in a camper.
This is a very nice national park campground. No hookups of any kind, but water is available is several places in the loops. Paved roads and sites were not real level but doable. The sites in the outside loop are much bigger and easier to get into with a larger rig. The dump station is a little tight to maneuver so watch the trees. Lots of great views of the canyon not far from the campground. The lodge, store, and various shops are nice, albeit a bit pricey. Mid October and the campground and lodge were still selling out. Make reservations even at this time of year. We tried to make a reservation for dinner in the Lodge dinning room the day before, but the earliest seating was for 9 PM! Many of the sites can be a bit tricky if you like using satellite due to the very large trees. The campground generator hours were a bit screwy too. 2 time periods generators are allowed, 7 to 9 AM and 6 to 8 PM. In order to bring the battery bank up enough to keep things running I had to fire the generator at 7 AM each day. Not something I would normally do. Fortunately the sites are far enough apart not to interfere with your neighbors activities. Also beware of some low hanging limbs as you navigate the campground roads in a high profile vehicle. We were in site #20, which was one of the longer sites. It was probably 80' from end to end. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground was excellent, great store and bathrooms in every loop area. The only drawback was the pay showers have no heads on them in either men or women side. Water comes out a open pipe and is very forceful. Sites are uneven and require front and side leveling. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wonderful experience! No hookups, No pool, No activities, but what a place! Well kept NPS campground, very busy, but not hectic. Lots of shade in the tall pines, and very cool for being in the AZ desert. Hope to go again soon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful forested campground with 5 of the sites overlooking the North Rim (83 total sites). Very quiet and peaceful, even though it was full. Only about 5 sites will accommodate a 40' RV, but all sites are paved. Generator use restricted to 2 hours in morning and 2 hours in evening. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here because of the proximity to the GC North Rim, knowing that there wouldn't be any hook-ups. Beautiful place! However, a few things to note. First, if you have any breathing problems or problems with altitude (~8,800’/~2,700m), you might want to reconsider staying here. Maybe you just want to visit and then camp at a lower altitude. Second, there are very few sites for 40’ motor homes. You’ll definitely need extra boards/pads to get level due to how they’ve built the sites. Getting through the tree-lined streets to the site wasn’t too bad. Also, they assign spaces on a first-come/first-served basis, and you may see some of the more big rig-friendly sites taken up by a tenter. Grr! Finally, if you need to use your generator, be aware that they can only be used 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm. Other than these items, this was a nice Natl. Park campground and served our purpose nicely. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Premier destination with large, well spaced, pull through paved and well shaded sites. Sites not quite level but not bad. Bring your levelers. No water or electricity at sites. Several water faucets about, and a dump station. Adequate bathhouse but no showers. Pleasant campground host. It is well known there are no water, electric, or showers for National campgrounds so OK, but for rating comparison an 8. The trail from the campground to the lodge gave spectacular views. We camped here in a Motorhome.
When we arrived, there were no available sites. We hovered at the registration area and learned that a camper was leaving a day early and he said we could take his site, which he had reserved last November. It was the best site in the park (site #18) with a clear view of the Canyon and easy access to the trails. Huge, private area in front of the camper. Literally, you could throw a stone and it would go into the Canyon. The strength of this park is clearly location, location, location. The setting is beautiful, and frankly, we think this is what camping is all about. Be prepared for limited electric and water. Generator hours are limited to two hours in the evening and two hours in the morning. Bathrooms are clean. You have to pay for showers and laundry. If you don't have a reservation, plan to get there at 9 a.m. and hover at the registration area. Don't be afraid to take a chance, as there are plenty of other options outside of the park, both in the national forest and shortly outside of the gates. There is no question that this is a fabulous campsite. For those very adventurous, there is a shuttle that takes you from one Rim to the other. If you want an exciting experience, plan to hike Rim-to-Rim. The record Rim-to-Rim trip was a little over 3 hours and has stood for decades. Plan for it to take a little longer, but you can easily get shuttled. A lot of pets in this park. (That was the only negative aspect for us!) Beautiful stars. Gas station in convenient location, and nice store within walking distance of the sites. Check the corner gas station for the nightly cookout. Plan to eat at least one meal at the Lodge, because the view is fantastic. Morning sunrise at the Lodge is a high recommendation. Plenty of Ranger programs available for family. The staff and the volunteers are simply the best! (Almost makes me proud to pay taxes!) Without a doubt, we will stay here any time we travel to the Canyon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Weather was perfect so no electric wasn't a big deal. Great campground with the lots very spread out. When we were there, there was no vacancy, but it didn't seem crowded at all. We met two other families that had been to the South Rim and they said the North Rim was so much better. It was less crowded and cooler. We were in lot 47. Lots 14, 15, 11, 12, 13 (in that order) would be better picks. They have a view, but also have a steep hill behind them. Might not be a good choice with small children. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
As National Park campgrounds go, Grand Canyon North is great. You get no hookups so polish up your boon docking skills, but camping in the quiet forest 100 yards from the canyon rim makes up for skimping on water. The campground store is friendly, very reasonably priced and has wireless internet access. I don't know if it's an "official" store service, but the store has an outlet strip where you can plug in to charge batteries. We camped there beginning on opening day of the season so the contracted staff was still working out the kinks in the coin-operated showers ($1.50 for 7 minutes). The shower quality and consistency improved over the four days we stayed there. The laundromat worked fine. All the RV sites are paved: our hybrid travel trailer required a single 2x8 under the right-side tires for leveling. I recommend this park and the North Rim in general to anyone looking for a laid-back way to enjoy the Grand Canyon without the crowds of the South Rim. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
As far as National Park Campgrounds go this one is good. Nice trees and a quiet place with a forest feel. The roads are black top and in good shape. I just wish when they paved the sites they had leveled mine #12. It took four two by sixes under the right side tires to get the fifth wheel level and the front to back was off quite a bit too. I did notice some of the sites were pretty level so it’s a crap shoot on getting a level one. But then again it is a Park Service campground and the scenery and surroundings are worth any problems. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground is located inside the National Park in the Ponderosa Pines. A few of the sites sit on the rim of the canyon with a limited view of it. There is a trail out of the campground to the Lodge (1.5 miles one way) that has some spectacular canyon views. All of the sites are pull thrus and will accommodate any size unit. We had reserved 2 nights and had no problems adding a third after we arrived. The campground has a dump station w/fresh water, pay showers, laundry and a store which should have anything you may have forgotten. Generator hours are from 7-9 am & 6-8 pm and the sites are shaded enough that our solar charger was not able to recharge our batteries. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a beautiful location! Widely separated sites under the tall Ponderosa Pines. All RV sites are paved pull throughs, although ours was very unlevel. No hookups, but a good water fill-up point and dump station are at the entrance. Flush toilets are available and a nice general store, pay showers, and laundromat are very close by. The lodge and visitor center are about a mile away. The CG is only open during the Summer and Fall and reservations must be made a good bit in advance with payment in advance. Many sites are for tents only. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
My first impression of this campground was the wonderful pine scented aroma as we searched for our campsite. We had campsite #11, which was on the outside perimeter of the campground with beautiful sunset views. Even without any hookup
facilities, this was by far my favorite campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 10 / 10 ]
Beautiful spacious sites. Reservations a must. Book early to take advantage of outer rim sites. They are pull throughs parrallel to the road so that you look out into the woods instead of at your neighbors. We camped here in a camper.