by Whitney Rife
What better way to get in touch with nature than at a campground in the Grand Canyon. Mather Campground is just that, offering year-round tent and RV sites in Grand Canyon Village. This type of lodging is for families who want a rustic experience. Family campsites are available for very affordable rates, especially during the winter months. Grills are at each site. A general store supplies fire wood and sundries. Well-maintained showers and laundry facilities are near the campground for a surcharge. Unlike most hotels, four-legged family members can come along (on leashes). Due to the popular location of the campground, advanced reservations are recommended for stays between March 1 and November 15. Free shuttle buses transport guests to scenic overlooks, trailheads and the Visitor Center.
Our Editor Loves
- In Grand Canyon Village
- Free shuttle to scenic overlooks
- Year-round campground
Beautiful campground with tons of space. Everything convenient with free shuttles anywhere you want to go. Bathrooms, showers and laundromat all clean and accessible. Grocery store well stocked and reasonably priced - as well as a couple of options for restaurants/take out food. We tent camp and this is my favorite campground (so far).
We were flying from the East coast to see the Grand canyon and after feeling uninspired by the available lodging and prices, I booked the Pine Loop 270 site in Mather for two nights. Best $36 I've ever spent! It was clean, quiet, shady, and so convenient to the rim. You can walk out to catch a shuttle or drive over to the rim like we did for sunset. The bathrooms were clean although they could use some counterspace. There were elk walking around and the sites didn't feel cramped. I was worried that the campground would feel busy and be noisy, but it was perfect. Bonus is that it's so dark there, there is some great star gazing. It just felt so relaxing to be staying out in the nature we came to see. I'm so glad I packed my small tents and compressible sleeping bags in a suitcase for this experience.