The Grand Canyon Sunrise is one of the things you would never regret waking up early.

I woke up at 4:15 in the morning. Yes, that early! I left my campsite at 4:35. The first shuttle bus was at 4:30 and I reckoned it’s gonna pass by Mather Campground at 4:45. It turned out, my guess was right. ?

I was told that there’s no such thing as the best place to see the sunrise at the Grand Canyon. The eastern overlooks/points are all good spots for sunrise, specifically the Yavapai Geology Museum, Mather Point, and Yaki Point.

I went to Mather Point. And here’s what the sunrise looks like from there.

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Grand Canyon Sunrise at Mather Point.
Just before the Grand Canyon Sunrise at Mather Point.

The view is just before sunrise.

Grand Canyon Sunrise at Mather Point.
Grand Canyon Sunrise at Mather Point.

Photographing the sunrise by facing it is a challenge because the Grand Canyon view in front of you isn’t visible.

Grand Canyon Sunrise at Mather Point.
Grand Canyon Sunrise at Mather Point.

Or maybe, my camera is just crap? LOL… 😀

Grand Canyon Sunrise at Mather Point.
Mather Point at the South Rim

You can look down, avoiding the sun.

Grand Canyon Sunrise at Mather Point.
Mather Point at the South Rim

Don’t forget to look back because the view is GOLDEN.

Sunrise at Mather Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon
Mather Point at the South Rim

Drink up the view. It’s beyond stunning!

Sunrise at Mather Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon
Mather Point at the South Rim

After the sunrise, continue walking East of Mather Point.

Mather Point at the  South Rim Nevada USA
Mather Point at the South Rim

Go away from the crowd and you’ll find more spectacular spots to photograph the Grand Canyon.

Mather Point at the  South Rim Nevada USA
Mather Point at the South Rim

Go past the Mather amphitheater until you’re tired of walking.

Mather Point at the  South Rim Nevada USA
Mather Point at the South Rim

If you’ve got water and food with you already, continue your hike all the way to Yaki Point.

Mather Point at the  South Rim Nevada USA
Mather Point at the South Rim

If you don’t want to continue hiking, follow the path that takes you back to the Visitor’s Center.

Mather Point at the  South Rim Nevada USA
Mather Point at the South Rim

NOTE:
Mather Point can be dangerous (or anywhere in the rim). A day after I left the Grand Canyon, a tourist slipped on the rim, fell and died. I’m not against taking photos in places that are risky (I do it myself) but I want you to be very, very careful before posing for a selfie.

Sunrise at Mather Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon
Mather Point at the South Rim

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