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“8 days in Pine Loop, Mather Campground”
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Mather Campground
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Boulder, Colorado
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6 reviews
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“8 days in Pine Loop, Mather Campground”
Reviewed 1 October 2011

To improve your chances of enjoying Grand Canyon and Mather Campground, do yourself the favor of expecting crowds and arriving early. These are very big, busy places.

I stayed the maximum of 7 nights in a tent and enjoyed almost all of that time. It's unfortunate that, in these times, a site like Mather is used as an overnight stop by many especially foreign visitors (California rentals), so driving can be bad sometimes, and late arrivals setting up noisely after dark are frequent.

Clean hot showers at a reasonable price (but only 1 basin for shaving/brushing?).

I don't cook in camp very much, so the handy, frequent shuttle buses to Maswik Lodge cafeteria (decent food) was a plus; Canyon Cafe in Market Plaza is within walking distance also.

You can pretty much park your car for the entire stay--a vacation in itself.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

We rented an RV from Cruise America and the Grand Canyon was our first stop. We stayed at Mather Campground for 2 nights.

The campground is primitive in nature; that is to say there are no hookups, water, etc. if you have an RV. However, there are showers, restrooms and dishwashing stations, all of which were exceptionally clean and well maintained.

Each campsite comes with it's own little fire pit and picnic bench. It was somewhat cold when we visited in September and we ended up using the fire pit both nights. The campsites are very clean, another plus.

Proximity to the market and main attractions at the Grand Canyon made our camping experience here even more enjoyable. Additionally because the campground is owned and operated by the park, the cost per night was very reasonable at $18 per night. However be warned, reservations should be made as the campground does fill up regularly.

Overall, we would definitely stay here again next time we camp the Southwest!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Albuquerque
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

The Mather Campground is by far the best place to stay at the Canyon on a budget. It is quite large; the campsites are both treesy and spacious. Soft ground for tents; few bugs;good access to clean water; typically quiet; 2 minutes from the village grocery store and 5 minutes from the major Canyon trailheads. The only downside is it does cost $2 for an 8 min shower, so plan ahead.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

Great value camping - we had a tent. Originally booked for two nights but arrived on the first night to a very bad storm and monsoon rain and so decided not to pitch and slept in the local lodge instead.

Campsite is well situated in the Grand Canyon Village with shops, bank, post office and restaurants all a short walk away. The free shuttle bus to the rim and visitor center stops at the campsite entrance.

Both toilet blocks near our pitch had cold water only but were very close. We didn't bother using the main showers as they were back down at main services building.

A great campsite overall with friendly wardens and a great price for being so close to the Canyon.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

Elk roam freely, awesome! Location! Location! It was around $20-25 for camping at the canyon, can't beat that, not even with a stick.

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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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
Region: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Speciality 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:
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