Mather Point, Grand Canyon
Our first view of the canyon at the South Rim was at Mather Point. We checked into our hotel and drove into the park for sunset.
The colours and peace of the canyon were breathtaking and so we stopped for a while and just enjoyed the show.
For more information:
Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce
or the National Park Service web page.
The National Park Service collects a $25 per vehicle entrance fee that is good for seven days on both the South and North Rims.
Mather Point is many visitors' first view of the canyon as it is at the south entrance to the park and next to the central Canyon View Information Plaza visitors center, the main road through the park (Hwy 64), the shuttle bus stops, restrooms, bookstore and several hiking trails.
This area was so busy when we visited that it was almost annoying. The parking lots were packed, and we had to park along the side of the road in the ditch, all the while avoiding pedestrians who were everywhere. Once we walked to the overlooks along the rim, we were often waiting in line to get a clear view over the canyon. But it was Labor Day Weekend, so bad planning on my part.
The visitors center at Mather Point is open daily from 8 to 5, and there are outdoor displays which are always viewable.
Assuming you are entering the park via the south entrance station your first stop will probably be the canyon overlook at Mather Point. The view from this overlook is one of the finest and represents the first view that many visitors have of the Grand Canyon.