At the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, there are two choices for camping – the beautifully wooded Mather Campground, or the crowded parking lot known as Trailer Village.
If you have a big RV that can’t live without its electrical umbilical, you will be paying $32/night to stay here:
On the other hand, if you can live a day or two without plugging in – stay at Mather. The entire campground is beautifully wooded, the spaces are widely separated, and even if the sign on the registration shack says “tents only” they can almost always accommodate small trailers.
We woke up our first morning to elk grazing just outside our window. In Trailer Village, I imagine there are better odds of waking up to the sounds of your neighbor’s satellite TV.
Mid-week in April we found Mather to be mostly empty, but during the peak season and on weekend reservations are HIGHLY recommended. The cost is just $18/night.
Both Trailer Village and Mather are just a short walk to the rim of the canyon, or you can skip the walk and catch the free shuttle bus service that takes you to multiple spots throughout the park.
Mather is a perfect place to stay while exploring the majesty of the Grand Canyon. And if you want to spend some time indoors getting some work done online, the EVDO signal is strong and relatively fast too!
View: Elk grazing out our window!
Sites: Numerous sites, widely dispersed. Tents welcome. 30′ max RV size.
Facilities: Toilets, Pay Showers Nearby, Scattered Fresh Water Spigots
Hookups: None. Dump station available.
Cell & Data Coverage:
AT&T – Weak 1 bar EDGE (booster helps slightly)
Sprint – Strong EVDO. (394Kb/s, 183Kb/s, 230ms) (roaming)