Mather Point
Mather Point
4.5
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Sofia M
Helsinki, Finland417 contributions
Couples
Come early. Park entrance for each vehicle is 35 dollars (valid 1-7days). Make sure you have exact amount or be ready to pay with card. They dont have change. We arrived after 8am and the parking places were already crowded. Wintertime it is really icy and cold. Dress warm and were proper boots. Nice views and great pics from Mather points..much better that Grand canyons other end with skywalk (where you cant even bring your own camera)
Written January 2, 2020
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ1,618 contributions
Family
This is a great place to first view the canyon, as so many people do because it shares a parking lot with the visitor’s center. It is also at the first group of large parking lots and where most of the shuttle buses start. For that reason, it is often crowded. Even with the visitor center closed for COVID right now, this is still where most people stop first. There are paved trails and a big viewing area with railing/walls, but please be careful and don’t go beyond or over the boundaries to get a photo. This is a beautiful place to see the canyon, whether as a first view, a sunset or sunrise picture, or just making sure you see the view that others told you about when they themselves stopped here first. Everything is amazing, but I personally prefer some other spots more; however, you will never be sorry spending time here on the way in or out of the park.
Written July 26, 2020
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victorcyho
Toronto, Canada589 contributions
Friends
This is located right behind the visitor center, making it easy to get to, by car, bus or walking.

If you decide to go for sunrise, be prepared to meet a crowd, as a lot of people will have the same idea. The spot actually clears up afterwards, so you just want to see the GC from this location, come a little later!

Look away from the sun, and you will be able to see it slowly creep over the ridges and canyons, creating a pretty cool effect!
Written January 30, 2020
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R. Traveler
Oak Ridge, NC1,047 contributions
Friends
This scenic overlook is easily accessible from the visitor center parking lot - and has railings to help prevent falls.

Obviously a popular area because of all of the above - but even with the crowds there were no issues - and you can easily find someone to take a photo for you.

Highly recommend this as a starting point for anyone looking to walk around the low impact rim of the canyon.
Written May 1, 2022
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Karin H
Minneapolis, MN607 contributions
Really nice built up viewpoint area along the south rim. Parking was difficult because this viewpoint is right near the visitor center. The parking lots are massive but they fill up by 9am so it's challenging to find parking.

The trail to get to the viewpoint from the parking lot is not well marked. There are many sidewalks so it's a confusing area. Eventually we found the viewpoint. It was packed, the busiest viewpoint we encountered on the whole trip. Take your time and wait for your turn to get to the railing, it's worth it for an unobstructed view of the canyon.
Written April 17, 2022
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Michael D
Middleton, WI92 contributions
Although all GCNP viewpoints are remarkable, we were told this is the spot to watch the sun rise. We arrived early and watched the sun come over the horizon, but the experience, although pleasant, was not nearly as enjoyable as sunset at Hopi Point. Mather point is a good distance from GC lodging but the shuttle system runs early before sunrise and has stops within walking distance of the point, the Visitor Center and the Canyon gift shop.
Written March 23, 2022
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Fun4Me2Travel
Nebraska1,084 contributions
This viewpoint is located close to the Visitor Center. Parking is very plentiful. Don't hesitate to drive around as spots open up constantly. This is the Visitors Center Parking Lots. Here you will find the Visitor Center, large bathrooms, and the paved trail that leads to Mather Point. Tons of viewpoints and spaces to look. The trail follows along the rim with railings to offer much needed space for crowds. At the end is the actual viewpoint with amazing views. Crowded, but be patient as the view is worth it!
Written June 6, 2022
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Ann Z
Phoenixville, PA56 contributions
We found this to be a great place to view the sunrise as there is plenty of parking at the Visitor Center and then just a short walk to Mather Point. It is easy to find in the dark and plenty of room for everyone to have their own little space to enjoy. If you come to the Grand Canyon, a sunrise at Mather Point should be in the itinerary!
Written October 4, 2020
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Nancy K
Salisbury, NC212 contributions
Friends
This is the place to go for a sunset view of the Grand Canyon. There’s a vantage point with steps that take you down closer to the Canyon. To me, this is a must see area for sunset & many must agree since there were several tour buses & lots of people taking pictures here.
Written February 17, 2020
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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL3,825 contributions
Solo
Mather Point was my first stop at Grand Canyon National Park. It is only a short walk from the South Rim Visitor’s Center. The view is absolutely jaw dropping! Pictures of the Grand Canyon simply cannot do it justice! I was fortunate to arrive on a cold day with light crowds. Also, the cliffs were covered in a light snow which added to the beauty of the scene before me. This is by far the most accessible location to see the Canyon.
Written December 14, 2020
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