Goulding's Trading Post and Lodge

Monument Valley, Utah

The hotel

A ‘get-away-from-it-all’ retreat, Goulding’s Lodge is seriously secluded. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be short of things to do. Its central spot in America’s ‘Grand Circle’ of national parks and monuments makes it an ideal motel-style base, with freebies like parking and WiFi. Opened as a lodge in the 1920s, movie crews soon flocked here to make Westerns in the surrounding Monument Valley, inspired by owner Harry Goulding: in fact, the likes of John Ford and John Wayne slept and ate here. Today, its museum’s filled with movie mementos, alongside reminders of its trading post and Navajo heritage. For a true taste of Navajo culture, there’s the gift shop’s rug room, and the Stagecoach Dining Room, where local Navajos rustle up home-style dishes – served with Monument Valley views.

Amenities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Near National Park
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In a central spot in the Grand Circle, which is filled with many of America’s most spectacular national parks and monuments, the hotel is 6 miles from Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. It’s also just a short walk from Goulding’s Grocery Store with DVD and game rentals*; and a laundry service*. Nearby is Goulding’s Gas Station, which has a food court and convenience store.

Hotel information

88 rooms and suites. All with individual climate control, flat screen TV with satellite channels, DVD player (Western-themed DVD rental available*), mini-fridge, coffee maker, hairdryer, safe available at front desk, iron and board. Run of House Room features private balcony with a spectacular view of Monument Valley. They offer 1 king-size bed or 2 double/queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Hillside Suite are stand alone, located half a mile from the front desk with great panoramic views of Monument Valley. The master bedroom has 1 queen-size bed with an additional queen-size bed in the main living area. There's also a bathroom, kitchen, and a queen-size hide a bed, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

Stage Coach Dining Room (Navajo and American Southwestern menu, breakfast, lunch and dinner; due to Navajo Nation law, alcohol is not served). Heated indoor swimming pool. Outdoor sundeck (seasonal). Fitness room. Goulding’s Trading Post Museum (donations). Earth Spirit Theater. Tours of Monument Valley*. Western-themed selection DVD rental*. Complimentary WiFi and computer station with internet (accessibility variable due to remote location). Yellow Ribbon gift shop (authentic local arts and crafts). Coin laundry. Complimentary self-parking.

*Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great stay during holiday season

Jan 11, 2021 ksenial627

Thank you Goulding's Lounge - wonderful place, very nice and respectful staff. Thank you for the warm and very great stay , we appreciate your service. Highly recommend this place as a stay in Utah. Restaurant and Gift shop is located conveniently. Great food - had a wonderful dinner and breakfast during our stay. Thank you! more to say -… Read more
Thank you Goulding's Lounge - wonderful place, very nice and respectful staff. Thank you for the warm and very great stay , we appreciate your service. Highly recommend this place as a stay in Utah. Restaurant and Gift shop is located conveniently. Great food - had a wonderful dinner and breakfast during our stay. Thank you! more to say - magnificent views! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating I want to live here!

Jan 8, 2021 jonathanhG2804EV Denmark, Tennessee

I only stayed one night at Goulding's Lodge on a cross-country trip, but I wished I stayed many more. This place is incredible. The location is pure heaven, and the sunrise over the Monuments will change your life. And the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I was the only guest during my stay (travelling during Covid, probably not the best… Read more
I only stayed one night at Goulding's Lodge on a cross-country trip, but I wished I stayed many more. This place is incredible. The location is pure heaven, and the sunrise over the Monuments will change your life. And the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I was the only guest during my stay (travelling during Covid, probably not the best idea), and the staff could not have been more accommodating. If you're traveling through 2021, they were very safe and maintained COVID protocols to my satisfaction. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating It’s a campground

Dec 15, 2020 tomg853 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Good location, close to the formations and the Goulding museum exhibits. Many sites are tight and built into hill side. Would not recommend for big rigs but 35 ft or less ok. Formations are interesting.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating World class accommodations with impeccable service and breathtaking views

Dec 2, 2020 CATTSAR Provincetown, Massachusetts

First off many and thanks to Mona and Lynette for their incredible and personalized service. I have stayed at beautiful hotels all over Europe and this hotel was as impressive as any. Located in Monument Valley the views were breathtaking. In addition I was fortunate enough to catch two sunrises from my terrace. The rooms are immaculate and… Read more
First off many and thanks to Mona and Lynette for their incredible and personalized service. I have stayed at beautiful hotels all over Europe and this hotel was as impressive as any. Located in Monument Valley the views were breathtaking. In addition I was fortunate enough to catch two sunrises from my terrace. The rooms are immaculate and exquisitely appointed. The hotel is more like a compound as there are several separate areas. On premise there is a dining room, gift shop, indoor pool, cabins and a museum. Just off premise is a convenience store, gas station and laundromat. It really is self contained. The location is well centered for southern Utah attractions; twenty minutes to Monument Valley, an hour from The Valley of the Gods and an hour and a half to Natural Bridges. The hotel is pet friendly for a fee but I would not hesitate to stay here again. At the time of my visit they were running a special, pay in advance for one night and the second was free, just pay the tax! The one glitch on this stay was that the internet was not working, of course that was rectified shortly after I checked out. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Incredible view of Monument Valley from hotel room balcony.

Nov 21, 2020 sheldon g Hollywood, Florida

We drove to Monument Valley from Bryce Canyon and stayed at Goulding's Lodge. The service was wonderful. The room was spacious, very clean and had an unbelievable view of Monument Valley from its balcony. Watching the sun set over Monument Valley from our balcony was a stunning visual experience. This is a very self contained resort. We ate at… Read more
We drove to Monument Valley from Bryce Canyon and stayed at Goulding's Lodge. The service was wonderful. The room was spacious, very clean and had an unbelievable view of Monument Valley from its balcony. Watching the sun set over Monument Valley from our balcony was a stunning visual experience. This is a very self contained resort. We ate at their restaurant, which was excellent and shopped at their gift shop which had some very unusual items not found elsewhere. If you intend to visit Monument Valley, Utah, this is THE place to stay. Read less