The park recently announced the re-opening of Mather Point, one of the South Rim’s most popular scenic overlooks. Named after the Stephen Mather, first director of the National Park Service, Mather Point draws thousands of visitors each year. It was closed for months as part of a multi-phase construction project.
This fall the park opened a nearby amphitheater along the rim, and a landmark feature honoring the Native American tribes with ancestral and ongoing ties to the Grand Canyon. Mather Point proper was the last piece to open, and was well worth the wait. Among the upgrades are handicap accessibility, much more elbow room, and beautiful landscaping using indigenous plants. A slice of the impressive results can be seen in this photograph, and will be enjoyed by countless visitors for decades to come.