Grand Canyon NP Mather Point2008-p14mpa
(6000 x 2674) Mather Point, a short walk from the Visitor Center, parking lots and the shuttle bus transit station is one of the most popular and busiest viewpoints on the South Rim of Grand Canyon. For visitors entering the park on the South Rim, Mather Point is the first place to stop and see the canyon.
The views are spectacular and there are many places to look down into and across the canyon.
During 2010, many visitor improvements were completed, including:
completion of the shuttle bus staging area near the Visitor Center;
construction of 250 additional parking spaces;
conversion of the shuttle bus stop west of the Visitor Center to picnic pavilions;
construction of new picnic areas near Mather Point;
construction of restroom facilities on the north end of the new commercial tour vehicle parking lot;
removal of the remaining roadway and the parking lot at Mather Point;
rehabilitation of the Mather Point overlook including making it more universally accessible;
construction of a new shuttle bus stop at Mather Point;
construction of an informal amphitheater on the canyon rim east of Mather Point;
construction of a stone "landmark feature" along the primary walkway between the Visitor Center and the canyon rim; and
reconstruction of the plaza area between the Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Books and More, including informal interpretive exhibits.
NPS Photo by Michael Quinn