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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Mather Campground (NPS Campground)

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona



Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Phone: (928) 638-7888

Sites: 309
Recent Rate: $18 6/2016

Latitude: 36.0513716199607
Longitude: -112.122248411179

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

37 Reviews

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground for tents, small trailers, and class C motorhomes. That said, it is the Grand Canyon, and everyone wants to see it. Plan to encounter excited groups of people that might not understand that other campsites are not an acceptable walking path to restrooms. Lots of first time campers in rental RVs. Generator and quiet hours did not seem to be enforced, and people were washing coffee pots at the RV water fill spigot and dumping food waste right on the ground for the elk to eat. There seemed to be little daytime monitoring of the campground and none at all after hours. On the good side, there was a central shower house with laundry. I've stayed in a hotel in Tusayan, there are more amenities inside the park than out. Lots of shopping options at the plaza. Next time we will look at Trailer Village. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Juniper loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The park has some confusing signs; at one intersection, there may be a sign point that your destination is straight ahead, left, or right. At the next intersection, your destination may not even be listed. It would be easy to get lost only to end up at the shopping plaza. Review a map before you get there.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Despite being a no-hookup campground, we stayed here with our travel trailer. We were only staying two nights so no hookups were not a big deal. Even with 100+ temps during the day, the site was pleasant with some shade and at night the temp dropped to about 55 so sleeping with just the windows open was fine. The campground is tight to navigate with a truck + 30' bumper pull, but the site descriptions on the park website are very accurate with respect to RV length allowable. Our site was excellent and secluded despite the campground being full. There was easy walking access to the shuttle bus as well as the grocery store and a couple restaurants. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Great campground for those who can dry camp. The sites were big, and there were many pull-through sites. Ours was very roomy and private with vegetation separating the site. Not all are quite as private though. The park shuttle picks up at the entry of the campground, but it was a long way from our site. There are loops identified for RVs that allow generators; not all loops allow it so be careful when you make reservations. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We could not get into the Trailer Village so we stayed at Mather for our visit to the Grand Canyon. No hookups here, but lots of space. We lucked out and got a space at the end of the loop, space 79. Plenty of room for our trailer and truck on a gravel pull-out. Picnic table and fire ring on site. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
79
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

When making reservations through Recreation.gov be sure to read the fine print about your site. Some sites in Mather position your RV such that you door opens to the road.

The shower house is about 1/4 mile or more from the campsites, costs $2.00 for an eight minute shower. It gets the job done but is not very luxurious.

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Review Count: 158
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is very small and we were told at the park entrance we would not be able to get our rig into it. We did find a spot for our 29 foot 5th wheel but we had to unhook. The asphalt is breaking down on the spurs, probably the entire campground needs to be revamped for larger RVs. There is an RV park nearby which is more expensive than this campground which gives us 1/2 price for out National Park senior pass. The area is beautiful, the bike trails are wonderful (and in wonderful shape) and the old hotels and gift shops are great. Can't beat Grand Canyon. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
290
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is real camping, at its best. Sites are large, forested, and private. Picnic tables and fire rings at every site. Restrooms are clean and well lit. Grounds are well maintained and clean. During the day, the canyon pulls you in and demands to be seen. Evenings are great for sitting by the campfire, taking in the dark, starry sky, other campfires and the lilt of soft laughter and conversations. Public transportation is available at the main gate and will take you anywhere in the park--so no need to break camp while there. There's a laundry facility, park grocer, gift shops, cafe, restaurants, hotels. One of our nicest national parks. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

Large sites with shade from pine trees, tables, and fire rings. Very quiet campground with easy access to all the sites on the South Rim. There is a shuttle bus stop at the entrance to the campground and there are two links to paved bike paths to IMAX and most rim destinations. Shuttle buses have bike racks to make one-way trips possible. Water is available throughout the campground as well as at the free dump station near the entrance. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

A park service run campground. It is large, but the campsites are separated enough to give a feeling of privacy. Only complaint would be that they don't enforce the quiet hours and there was a big party going on near us until very late. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Location, location, location! Nicely maintained and close to all want to be close to. Fun to be greeted by deer and elk in the morning. Rate based on senior discount. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 3 nights, and used 2 different camp sites for our stay. This is your typical bare bones, boon docking camping. There are no hook-ups of any sort. The bigger problem with this campground is that there is no uniformity to the sites, and the sites are all very small and laid out pretty poorly. We were in a 30 ft motorhome with our Jeep in tow. We could barely fit down the roads in the park with trees and branches scraping the sides of our coach as we drove down the small, windy roads. We managed to get a ticket from the Gestapo (park ranger) for not having all of our wheels on the pavement. When we tried to explain that the site was too small to properly fit the motorhome & Jeep all on the pavement, we were given the answer that was not their problem. Ended up unhooking tow and moving Jeep wheels over 2 ft so that all 4 wheels were touching the pavement. This park also has some really bad generator rules; on one stretch of sites, you can not use your generator period (pine loop). On the other sites that you can use your generator, the hours are 8am-10am and then 6pm-8pm. This may seem reasonable, save for the entire park is up and going by 7am and everyone has left by 9am at the latest. You will hear everyone moving at 6am; no biggie for us, as we were up, but not able to fire up generator and make coffee till 8am, no thanks. After the second day, we ended up firing up the generator up at 7am. I spoke to all my neighbors and they were all good with it. They say this campground is for tent camping and such. However, over 60% of the people in the campground were in motorhomes with another 20% in travel trailers. They probably need to just update this park, move all the tent campers to the generator free area, and leave the motorhome & travel trailers free to do their thing. Don't think we would ever stay here again; it's just too crowed, missing all the basic services, and roads are too narrow with funky turns. There are other RV camping options just down the road in Tusayan that would have made our trip to the Grand Canyon a little more enjoyable. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice National Park. Unserviced. Sites close together, and ours was quite small. It was tricky to maneuver a truck camper. However, the sites were well laid out, so they felt private. Free shuttle bus nearby allowed you to get anywhere you needed to go in the Canyon. Also close to groceries, cafeteria, bank, and Post Office. Showers shared with Trailer Village, and we were close to them, but many sites would have been quite far. We camped at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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