Mather Point, Grand Canyon National Park
Categories: Lookouts, Tourist Spots
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. Using our international travel planner, Grand Canyon National Park attractions like Mather Point can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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The view is the best of the canyon. Take the bus here or walk the paved trail. You can see forever. Clear days are best.
We arrived late afternoon via car and the crowds weren't too bad. The views and colors of the rocks were beautiful. The viewing areas are not far from the visitors center at the south rim entrance. Ea... read more »
Simply stunning. Most people's first view of the Canyon unless your are entering from the east. Hard to say anything else. Nature at its finest. Jaw droppingly awesome
This is a wonderful place for a family with small children to experience the Grand Canyon. There are amazing view points and great fences! I had people tell me I was crazy to take my 4 year old, 5 year old and 7 year old to the grand canyon by myself. But the fencing was great and as long as you pay attention this is a great place to to take the kids. Bring you camera and prepare to be amazed!
So you'll think: "what's wrong with this dude, two stars only for such a view??!". Indeed, the view on the Grand Canyon is absolutely stunning - there are no words to describe it. But the crowd... It's been an unpleasant stop because of the many fierce tourists wanting to take pictures (without us on it, understandably) being rude to us, pushing you around to get your spot or, on the other hand, saving the spot until they are satisfied with their pics - which may take a while. I would definitely recommend to drive along Desert View Dr. and stop at the many vista points you will find along the way. Or if you happen to be equipped for hiking, just go on the rim trail. Mather Point wasn't a pleasant experience at all, while the rest was just fantastic!!
This is one of the best trails I've ever been on. One can simply do a quick day hike or a full on camping soiree. Incomparable views and breathtaking scenery will put that awe of nature in the hidden naturalist in anyone.
This viewpoint of the canyon was awesome. When I got there a small storm had rolled in through the canyon and looked amazing moving through the canyon. Only lasted a few minutes, but added that little extra connection to nature and the vastness of the Canyon. Most of the safety railings were pretty secure and maintained, but a couple were loose which I assumed happens regularly, given its traffic. It was somewhat crowded as well, and takes some patience to move to the edge to get pictures, plus kids were crawling and jumping the central rock formation near the steps which was getting kind of annoying. But overall its a fantastic spot to view the canyon from.
Pleasantly surprised with how great this campground was. The campsites are spacious, people we're nice, checking in was easy and even though the campground was busy, You don't feel like you're on top of each other. The bathrooms were clean and easy to find. The market nearby was stocked with everything you need or forgot. Would definitely stay here again (planning another trip now).
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