Most visitors view Grand Canyon for the first time from Mather Point, the first canyon overlook inside the South Entrance Station. Cars are now banned from the overlook, which can be reached by a paved path from the Grand Canyon Visitors Center and plaza.
Your short walk will be rewarded with canyon views anchored by a stunning foreground of natural platforms and pillars of Kaibab limestone. A paved path descends to the top of the pillars, where you can stand and take in one of the canyon’s loveliest perspectives.
Recent enhancements at Mather Point include picnic areas and an informal amphitheater. The point is named in honor of Stephen T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service. The overlook is a beautiful introduction to Grand Canyon, well worth a return visit at sunset or sunrise.
© Kathleen Bryant from Moon Grand Canyon, 5th Edition