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“Convenient attractive campground”
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Mather Campground
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Weimar, Texas
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Convenient attractive campground”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

What better place to stay than in the park itself!?
I really enjoyed staying here, the shower facilities are good (costs 2 dollars) the shuttle bus service is fantastic and there's a stop at the camp ground! Alternatively, it's only a 10 min walk to the store/market place where there's another stop. We took the shuttle out as far as we could and walked back - what in incredible experience! We spent hours walking the rim of the canyon and saw hardly any people (an experience that the coach loads who come for the day just don't get!).
If I'm lucky enough to return to the Grand Canyon then I would absolutely camp here again.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Cape Cod
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

I've stayed in Grand Canyon hotels many times in the past. This is the first time we've camped - spaces are large, facilities were clean, very safe, easy in and out. Only problem was that another camper pulled in to our space - and as it was late, there was no one around to ask - so we just parked where he was supposed to be ( he seemed too drunk to move anyway - and had already set up all of his camp)

Room Tip: Try and get a space on the end.... And if it's summer, you might even be able to get a space wit...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2013

I love this campground and will miss it terribly as I am leaving the state. As a single female car camper, I've always been comfortable here. Great facilities and close to everything you need, yet you still have the feeling of being far, far away from all the hustle and bustle. Elk everywhere and just beautiful.
For those who use National Parks on a regular basis or may visit the canyon more than once a year, buy the Interagency Yearly Pass and it covers all national park fees AND your camp site fees are cut in half.
Great deal!!!!!

Room Tip: I will always love campsite 232. Don't forget... if you use National Parks often and buy the int...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Maineville, Ohio
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Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I loved this campground. The setting was beautiful. The sites were large, we were booked at pine loop 147. Our tent was large and there was enough room for at least two tents. It was very quiet at night which was nice for us coming from the eastern time zone. We had no trouble going to bed even though it was still fairly early out there. The staff was super helpful and answered all of our questions. The facilities were clean. The free shuttles pick up at the entrance so if you didn't want to drive once you got there you didn't have to. We will be back for sure!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We stayed one night in Mather Campground, on spot 42. We really liked the campground. The spot was flat, the bathrooms were kept clean very well, and the staff was very friendly. The location is perfect, just a 2 minute drive from the central parking lot and the visitor center.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights and found it to be a great campsite. The campsite is very shady and each site has a picnic bench and fire pit. We saw a number of elks roaming through the campsite at night and the stars at night were amazing.

There are showers ($2 each) and laundrette on site and the rangers are very helpful. If you arrive after 8pm you need to call and let them know. There is a great shop 2minutes away that is open till 9pm.

The campsite is 5min drive from the rim but there are lots of buses!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jen M
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Additional Information about Mather Campground

Property: Mather Campground
Address: Grand Canyon Village, Near Mathers Amphitheater, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Location: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 327
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

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