Mather Point Tours
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With its panoramic Grand Canyon views, Mather Point is one of the most visited spots in Grand Canyon National Park. The multitier viewing platform is perched on a rocky outcropping near the South Rim entrance and a short walk from a visitor center. Walk nearby trails to reach multiple vantage points and photo opportunities along the rim.
Whether you arrive on your own or with a tour, Mather Point is the jumping-off point for exploring the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Departing from Las Vegas, you can visit on a bus tour that stops at sites such as Hoover Dam. Other tours spend time trekking around the rim learning history and geology. For an aerial view, take a plane from Las Vegas to see the iconic canyon from above.
Things to Know Before You
- Mather Point is a must-see on any US road trip.
- You can take a free shuttle bus from the visitor center to Mather Point.
- There is a store, cafe, and Wi-Fi at the adjacent Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
- The area is wheelchair accessible with paved walkways and a ramp onto Mather Point.
- Sunrise is the best time to photograph the Grand Canyon from Mather Point.
How to Get There
Mather Point is located just inside the Grand Canyon’s South Rim Entrance, which is accessible by car, bus, tours, and plane. The nearest major airports are in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. You can take a tour to the park from any of these cities. Once inside the park, you can take the shuttle bus or make the less than quarter-mile (.3 kilometer) walk from the visitor center to Mather Point.
When to Get There
The South Rim of the park is open year-round, but for the best weather visit in spring or fall. Mather Point can become extremely crowded over holidays and school breaks. At these times, the visitor center parking lot is often full by 9:30am daily, so arrive early to find parking. Photographers should arrive extra early to secure a spot at sunrise or sunset.
Day Hikes Near Mather Point
If you want to see the Grand Canyon on foot, follow the Rim Trail from Mather Point in either direction. The wide path is paved in places and leads to several overlooks as well as other trails. By using the free shuttle bus system you can make a hike along the Rim Trail as long or short as desired. Other nearby (and more challenging) trails include Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, and Hermit Trail.
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Mather Point
Explore the Grand Canyon on this guided, small-group full-day sightseeing adventure around the South Rim. Beginning in Las Vegas, travel through the Mojave Desert and along famous Route 66 en route to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim for an entertaining and educational narrated minivan tour. See a number of different panoramic views from various lookout locations while learning about the history and geology of the canyon from the expert tour guide. A picnic lunch, snack, and bottled water, plus transportation, entry fees and a Las Vegas hotel pickup and drop-off are all included.
Join one of our family-friendly group sightseeing tours and visit the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in style. Our customized Vans and SUVs never have more than 10 guests, so you enjoy a comfortable tour with a knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic guide who loves what they do. We provide door-to-door service from your hotel or campground in Williams, Tusayan, or Grand Canyon Village with everything you need to have a great time. Grab your camera and leave the lunch (Mar 15 - Oct 31)*, snacks, beverages, and driving to us! Please contact us with sandwich order after booking: Roast Beef, Ham, Turkey, Vegetarian, PB & J. Gluten and/or dairy free available upon request. * In winter we take you to the historic El Tovar for lunch where you will be responsible for your own bill. The tour is automatically discounted $20 per person during this time of year.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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