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 5/2015

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) ?
  • 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) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • 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

34 Reviews

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Mep-Adp

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

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.

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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saturn7

Review Count: 134
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7

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.

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MargaretL

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $18.00
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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.

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SideBySiders

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

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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cactuslady

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $19.00
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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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SeeTheUSA

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $5.00
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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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TXDego

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

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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gregork

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

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $18.00
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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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driftdiver1

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $18.00
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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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ustractorsales

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

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $24.00
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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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Timegal

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

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $18.00
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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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User1443

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

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $18.00
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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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huskerdan

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $18.00
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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 at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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kkrause

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $18.00
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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 at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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AndersonFamily

Review Count: 62
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

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 at Mather Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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