This was our first visit to the South rim of the canyon and I was very excited and nervous. I spent months reading reviews and researching the campground and had read MANY different opinions on exactly how long your trailer and tow vehicle could be in order to FIT in the campground. Its not like the old days when you could just call the campground and talk to a ranger. Now you call a reservation center where you are lucky if the person you are talking to knows where your campground is located. Anyway, we tow a 22 foot travel trailer with an F150. We arrived around 2 p.m. and noticed a big sign at the campground. Total vehicle length 30 feet. Wha???
So, we asked a ranger. We then had to stand there and listen to about 50 different scenarios and explanations of what would fit. We finally just went to our site which was a 27 foot site-the exact one I had reserved on the web site. It was a pull through site which placed our door facing the road. Not a huge deal but be sure and notice this when placing a reservation. There was room to spare and our total vehicle length was 40 feet. We had plenty of foliage which hid us from the road and the camp site itself was absolutely wonderful. Very large with a nice fire ring and picnic table. We were also next to a water spigot which was helpful. We were at the last loop. Small motor homes had no problem fitting into these sites. There were lots of tents, rented motor homes, and travel trailers. So, in a nutshell, I think the "total vehicle length" sign is just a warning. Alot of the sites were incredibly small so think big when making reservations for trailers and motor homes. We had visits from Elk and other beasts so that was neat. The showers, laundry, and dump station were situated at the front of the campground. I used the laundry before we left (we stayed 5 days) and it was very large, clean, and nice. We did not use the showers. We like to use our stuff in the trailer and since we were close to a water spigot we just filled our little portable tank a few gallons at a time and put it in our trailer as needed. Remember, Mather is dry camping. No electric and no sewer. Water spigots are dispersed throughout the campground.
There are set generator hours and it wasn't too loud. All in all, a great way to see the canyon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offers 320 campsites and is situated near Grand Canyon Village. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mather Campground Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
- Mather Campground Grand Canyon