Our recommendations for viewing the magnificent Grand Canyon are simple. There are two campgrounds on the Southern Rim, one that takes reservations (Mather) and one that does not (Desert View). Mather Campground is down in Grand Canyon Village. This campground provides all the luxuries of home-a large laundry facility, showers, and even a grocery store nearby. While this may all seem tempting and preferable, skip it. Instead, drive 20 minutes east of Mather to Desert View. During your drive you may be tempted to stop several times to marvel at the scenery, but save this for after you reserve your first-come, first-serve campsite. There are no showers here, no Fluff and Fold, and no Stop and Shop, but you will see the Grand Canyon, including its wildlife, with little interruption. In the evenings, stroll over to the rim to sit on the edge and listen to the scheduled ranger talks. They are really quite interesting and open your mind to the art and culture that the Grand Canyon has inspired over time. Once the day-trippers make their way out of the park, the Grand Canyon is yours. At night, the sky is the blackest you’ve ever seen and the stars are brighter than you can imagine. In the morning, before the tourists arrive, it is just you and the elk. They get so close you can practically touch them, but we don’t advise trying to do so. Most importantly, get up as early as possible. There is nothing more amazing than having the Grand Canyon all to yourself.