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 Stayed at the 3 bedroom house which was great

Jan 19, 2020 movesalot Washington DC

We were fortunate to be able to book the Red Rock Luxury Home which is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with a living room and kitchen. Also has laundry which is great. It was great for our family of 5. There is a bedroom with a king bed, and then 2 with 2 queen beds. It has a fantastic view! The whole Goulding's compound is great with gas station,… Read more
We were fortunate to be able to book the Red Rock Luxury Home which is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with a living room and kitchen. Also has laundry which is great. It was great for our family of 5. There is a bedroom with a king bed, and then 2 with 2 queen beds. It has a fantastic view! The whole Goulding's compound is great with gas station, restaurants and so close to the park. The only issue we had was that the WiFi did not work on our phones. It did work on our computer though. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Oh Boy!

Jan 9, 2020 A R B Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Loved this place! From the moment of arrival it lived up to my expectations. Helpful staff at check in, a comfortable room, a free a spacious car park and a good restaurant too. Local store and gas station were very convenient and despite the snow, it was a great trip. I opted for a valley view room. Worth it! Even on a cloudy morning. It's… Read more
Loved this place! From the moment of arrival it lived up to my expectations. Helpful staff at check in, a comfortable room, a free a spacious car park and a good restaurant too. Local store and gas station were very convenient and despite the snow, it was a great trip. I opted for a valley view room. Worth it! Even on a cloudy morning. It's taken 51 years to get this trip done....so hopefully the next one will be a little sooner. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great hideaway with brilliant history 🤠

Jan 6, 2020 Suzy O Euxton, United Kingdom

What a real surprise this was, we booked a stopover on way to four corners but hadn’t realised the historical significance of this place. We loved the stories. The room was clean and comfortable, our coffee machine issues was dealt with immediately. The views are spectacular. My tip is to head from here to Medicine Hat and simply enjoy the… Read more
What a real surprise this was, we booked a stopover on way to four corners but hadn’t realised the historical significance of this place. We loved the stories. The room was clean and comfortable, our coffee machine issues was dealt with immediately. The views are spectacular. My tip is to head from here to Medicine Hat and simply enjoy the spectacle, remember to stop where you can a look behind. It was an constant incredible view. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent lodge

Jan 6, 2020 shaunsouthern Oswestry, United Kingdom

For a minimal fee we upgraded to a sort of static wooden caravan lodge away from the main building. It was perfect inside, just like a big hotel room, but so quiet. Helpful as we werent sleeping well. Coffee, Tv, microwave, internet, bathroom, two huge beds, all brand new. Only a few miles from the main attractions and a short drive from Gouldings… Read more
For a minimal fee we upgraded to a sort of static wooden caravan lodge away from the main building. It was perfect inside, just like a big hotel room, but so quiet. Helpful as we werent sleeping well. Coffee, Tv, microwave, internet, bathroom, two huge beds, all brand new. Only a few miles from the main attractions and a short drive from Gouldings restaurant and a big supermarket. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A great Hotel with lots of options for rooms or cabins

Jan 6, 2020 653cliffk Des Moines, Iowa

It's a really historical Hotel whose roots are in being a trading post. The whole area has transformed in the last 30 years. I recommend the tours out of the hotel and I would get a private tour and go to mystery valley. We had a guide by the name of Leo I called will call him Holstein Leo who was great in describing the history of the area. He… Read more
It's a really historical Hotel whose roots are in being a trading post. The whole area has transformed in the last 30 years. I recommend the tours out of the hotel and I would get a private tour and go to mystery valley. We had a guide by the name of Leo I called will call him Holstein Leo who was great in describing the history of the area. He grew up in the area and talked to us about how the whole area and how it's changed. He shared the story of when hewas a little boy he would go to his grandfather to the trading Post area and that's all that was their exception being a few cabins. I recommend trying to get as good a reservation as you can in advance. That whole area is just very very busy. We stayed in a fully furnished cabin. Had wi-fi, a nice TV, a adequate kitchen area and had a nice view of the valley it was really nice for us. Very comfortable and you could tell that it's been recently upgraded and redone. I can imagine the cabins being very good for a family. The food in the hotel was also good. I especially enjoyed the Navajo fry bread. They also did a really nice job with all the other options, for breakfast and for dinner. The restaurant has a nice view of the valley as well. A few words on the staff.... the staff in the restaurant were really nice and very kind and did a great job. The staff in the hotel we're also very accommodating and knowledgeable about the area and they did a great job. As I said before the tour people were wonderful and I'm embarrassed but I want to point out the head of the tour people went out of his way to find my camera bag and spend an hour doing it. he very easily could have said I'm sorry we can't find it I apologize and that would have been that. the other thing is that I believe that the money for this goes to support the tribe and I'm all about that. I would happily stay there again. Read less