Grand Canyon National Park
We loved our 7 nights at Mather Campground, located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
The 327-site campground lies beneath tall Ponderosa pine trees. Our site had lots of shade, and some sunny areas too.
We stayed at site 79 on the Fir Loop which has large, beautiful sites. We had a fire ring with grate, and a picnic table at our site. There aren’t water or electrical hookups at Mather, but there are lots of bathrooms with flush toilets and a dump station.
Large elk wander through the campground, including near the sites, and black ravens wait for you to turn your back so they can take off with whatever crumbs you’ve accidentally left behind. We came back to our site one day to find a few ravens perched on the handlebars of Jeff’s bike.
Mather Campground is the only campground within the Grand Canyon Village. The Market and Yavapai Lodge offer complementary WIFI, but it’s unreliable. The few times we were able to connect, it was super slow.
We found a short drive to the town Tusayan offered much better options. The Village Market has a full-size grocery store, gift store, camper supplies, hydration center (free water to fill your own containers) a cafe, firewood and ice, and a large selection of beer and wine.
Camper Services has showers ($2 for 8 minutes) and laundry $1.75 to wash and around $1.50 to dry. The showers were clean and the laundry area was, too.
There is a shuttle bus stop at the campground’s entrance. This free service takes visitors to locations within the park. We only took a shuttle one time, to go from the Visitors Center to the Kaibab Trailhead. Even though the park was busy, we found it easy to drive and find parking at trailheads and lodges.
The greenway trail that runs through the park is accessible it from our campground. We rode our bikes on the trail, and also walked to the Rim Trail from there. The Rim Trail is a 14-mile paved, accessible trail that runs around the rim of the canyon. It’s great for walking, sightseeing, or visiting some of the shops and lodges in the park, no bikes are allowed.
We would stay here again in a heartbeat. For reservations or more information, visit the Mather Campground page at Recreation.gov