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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  • We only had 2 hours at the park and the ranger suggested the Mather Point. It is conveniently located at the visitor center. Plan on walking a lot and the sun is hot.  more »
  • The view from here is the best if you’re wanting a panoramic view of the canyon. It’s really crowded here, but if you are patient, you’ll get a great photo.  more »
  • Our guide advised us this point to have good views of the Grand Canyon des ground, after having flown over. Really is a good place, with a car park within walking distance
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  • The Grand Canyon has always been on my travel bucket list and in June 2017 the Mrs. & I had the chance to go - Mather Point was the first spot we visited, and I anticipated being a little emotional about what I was going to see... and I was. I could ramble on here about my feelings but suffice to say that it was one of THE most memorable moments of my life! I’m sure many other folks out there can appreciate my sentiments. Beyond awesome!
  • It was an incredible experience taking in one of the seven wonders of the world, " The Grand Canyon ". Mather's Point was one lookout's that offered us the breathtaking views from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Awestruck would be a tame way of describing what we saw. The colors, the shapes, the beauty of this natural wonder is a photographer's dream. Everywhere you looked left you mesmerized and no matter where you looked it never appeared to be the same, even when you looked at the same spot over and over. If you have the chance to visit this wondrous place, do. You'll never regret your decision.
  • This is pretty much the first thing to see when visiting the grand canyon national park. You can view sunrise from here. It's pretty good but a bit crowded during sunrise and sunset times. Obviously. This point gives you a great (read AMAZINGLY GREAT) view of the grand canyon, the hike trails, the temple formations, etc. It's an awesome photo shoot location. Overall a great point to start the grand canyon tour. Make sure to take warm clothes, gloves, etc as it gets pretty cold here during winter. You can also start the rim trail from here.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful spot to watch the sunrise. I arrived about an hour before sunrise and there was only 2 other people at the point. Most people arrive about 15-20 minutes before sunrise. Arrive early if you want to avoid the crowd, but you get the same view if you arrive closer to the sunrise. It's a beautiful spot, but make sure you view all around you. The rocks have a beautiful color that the sunrise can bring out. Wish I could have stayed for sunset too.

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