Mather Point, Grand Canyon National Park

The main observation area for the Grand Canyon, Mather Point includes a visitor center and parking for canyon hikers. The interactive visitor center introduces you to the natural wonder using high-tech displays, film, and hands-on exhibits. The highlight of Mather Point is the viewing platforms, which allow you to walk to the edge of the plateau for a breathtaking view of the canyon's painted walls. Consider attending a ranger talk in the rim-side amphitheater. Arrange your visit to Mather Point and discover more family-friendly attractions in Grand Canyon National Park using our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.
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  • This is a great area to start your adventure. Beautiful views with much info and the geology of the Canyon. There is a visitor center, gift shop and bike rentals located here. The Geology Museum is ju...  more »
  • arrived into Grand Canyon area around 4:30 in the afternoon after a long drive in and were trying to decide if we could make it to the rim before it went dark. We made it and we delighted to see the b...  more »
  • Because the Mather Point is quite langezogen and to find also an amphitheater as well as several lookouts, the crowd is distributed very well. Slightly out of season, or most certainly not on a weekend it belongs therefore to the obligation and our top 5 vantage points in the South Rim Park.
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  • Truly vast vista. This is the kind of view you always thought only appeared on postcards. It is located very close to main parking lots and visitor's center. Got there just in time for sunrise and even managed to impress 3 teenage grandsons. "Wow". You can catch the free shuttle bus from there or walk to the next overlook about a mile up to catch it there. Buses run every 10 - 30 minutes depending on season, time, and demand.
  • The view from Mather Point is terrific. We were here on 12/31/17 at around 3:45pm and the sunlight produced quality light in the canyon. Keep in mind, this is the closest lookout to the visitor's center so I would guess that Mather Point is the busiest of the lookouts so if you are looking for a spot to stay and reflect, go elsewhere. It is extremely crowded with a non-stop flow of people coming in and leaving. That said, the view is spectacular.
  • I was here on 12/27/2017. Absolutely stunning. It is amazing. You cannot fathom how large the canyon is from movies and pictures. You have to see it in person. It is gorgeous. You will feel very insignificant when you see it. This area was very crowded during my visit.
  • A beautiful Grand Canyon. This particular place is called Mather Point. It gives you the whole outlook of the canyon up to down. From the parking lots, it is only 5 minute walk to reach the point... railing is not high enough so watch your younger kids. Oops, one more... the Mather Point is only 4.5 miles from the ticketing gate to enter the canyon.
  • This Vista has great reviews to the west, north, and east. It's a short walk from the parking lot in the visitor centers. It's not my favorite view in the canyon but it's certainly an easy one to access and is quite beautiful. I'm not sure why someone said this is not suggested for Sunset. Maybe they came at the wrong time of year or when the cloud cover was just too much. I was here less than 5 days ago and the view was quite stunning at sunset.

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Where to stay in Grand Canyon National Park

You'll find plenty of options if you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. Most campgrounds and lodges sit around the South Rim area, and they tend to fill up quickly for summer visits, so book as far in advance as possible. The price range for lodge accommodations varies greatly, so there's something for nearly every budget. The less-visited North Rim features one lodge. For those who hike to the bottom of the canyon, dormitories and cabins are available at Phantom Ranch. If you can't secure a place in the park or find something there to your liking, the small village near the south entrance offers inns and economy motels. You’ll have the convenience of nearby restaurants if you stay there.
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