I am not much of a camper but this is definitely a place I recommend camping in. It is within the Grand Canyon National Park thus you can walk to see the south rim views as the sun rises....you can also walk back to your campsite after the sun sets. There is a well-stocked grocery store nearby in the park, places to eat and coffee shops. The hotels within 20 miles of this entrance are VERY high and are outside the park thus you won't get the full experience. The cheapest hotel I found near the park was 150.00 per night, off-season, in the motel section (read: run-down) of the hotel. I didn't even end up putting my tent up and instead slept in my car after laying outside looking at the stars which are surreal in this atmosphere. The tent site was 18.00 per night. It is imperative that reservations be made. I was talking to the woman at the check-in area and she said September is the slowest month but this month almost everynight they have been sold out as well as the other campground in the park, the Desert. Mather is very well maintained, quiet (where I was).