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 Beautiful view

Jun 6, 2020 crnflake Phoenix, Arizona

Clean restrooms and camping spaces, beautiful view, quiet at night. Not sure if weather blowing through or the nature of the location, but super windy. Early closures of facilities and mask requirements with COVID but a nice stay
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Apr 6, 2020 Mickpr Melbourne, Australia

My wife and I had a 2 month trip booked to Canada / USA starting August 2020. We had paid an accommodation deposit with Gouldings and booked a full day valley tour. Like many others we had to cancel our trip due to Covid-19. Goulding were excellent in responding to emails, cancelling our bookings and provided a full refund without any… Read more
My wife and I had a 2 month trip booked to Canada / USA starting August 2020. We had paid an accommodation deposit with Gouldings and booked a full day valley tour. Like many others we had to cancel our trip due to Covid-19. Goulding were excellent in responding to emails, cancelling our bookings and provided a full refund without any penalties. We look forward to actually visiting Gouldings once international travel out of Australia is again permitted. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very poor value for money

Apr 2, 2020 doncha1 Ashbourne, United Kingdom

Room type: Two bedroom apartment (with rollaway bed) - located a short way from the main complex The location is within the Monument Valley area, although a couple of miles outside the park entrance. There is only one other hotel in this area, which is inside the park itself. I was bitterly disappointed in our stay here, it was a stopover on a 9… Read more
Room type: Two bedroom apartment (with rollaway bed) - located a short way from the main complex The location is within the Monument Valley area, although a couple of miles outside the park entrance. There is only one other hotel in this area, which is inside the park itself. I was bitterly disappointed in our stay here, it was a stopover on a 9 week trip around the US and it was the worse accomodation of our trip. Our room was located to the back of the complex, I expected this as it was advertised as such, needless to stay it is important to be aware that these 2 bed apartments have no views and the area is very poorly lit. Other than a strip of grass in front of the apartment block the area is not at all landscaped and with a little effort and attention it would improve the guest stay so that you can enjoy the wonderful night sky. The apartment is extremely dated and in a very poor state - totally unacceptable for the price paid. There was a large crack in bedroom window which were so dusty you could not see out of them clearly, the bathroom cupboards were damaged, old and worn as was the flooring, there were dark, miserable furnishings throughout and a poor TV reception. The kitchen facilities looked to be from the 80's and the whole room was quite depressing to stay in. We had booked a rollaway bed, we had to request this twice as it was not in the room, when it arrived it was an old rickety dirty frame and not much fun to sleep on! The staff were just OK, we were only booked for the night, thank goodness as I would have simply refused to stay any longer. This is probably the harshest accomodation review i've ever written as I like to give a balanced opinion, but I regret to say with the price we paid for one night i'm afraid i cannot think of one good thing to say. Tips: If you do decide to stay here, pay the extra for a room near the complex where you have easy access to the facilities and at least views into the valley. Read less
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Mar 29, 2020 ashirtale Belleville, Canada

Along with a friend, we spent an amazing day touring Monument Valley. If you haven't been there you really must go! That evening we checked into Goulding's Lodge ($149.00) The room had 2 queen sized beds. The decor could have been so much better....the wallpaper clashed with the bed spread which clashed with the drapes. The size of the room was… Read more
Along with a friend, we spent an amazing day touring Monument Valley. If you haven't been there you really must go! That evening we checked into Goulding's Lodge ($149.00) The room had 2 queen sized beds. The decor could have been so much better....the wallpaper clashed with the bed spread which clashed with the drapes. The size of the room was decent enough, but then there was a really small tv on the far side of the room - binoculars would have been appreciated. We went to the restaurant for dinner. Make sure if you are in the lower section of the hotel, drive up to the restaurant. We both are in fairly good shape, but honestly there should be at least one oxygen station available to complete the climb up all the stairs. The food was okay, but not worth the climb. Two photos included are the view from our room of Monument Valley and looking from lower level of the Lodge up to the upper level. Overall, we were not impressed enough with this hotel to ever stay there again. On our next visit to Monument Valley, we will book a hotel in Kayenta, about 35 minutes away. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating You will not forget the view of Monument Valley at Sunrise & Sunset

Mar 20, 2020 AussiePD Brisbane, Australia

We stayed here for 2 nights. We stayed in a self contained 1 bedroom cabin #451. That gave us 2 x Sun Rises and 2 x Sunsets. From our front porch the view across over the airfield to Monument valley was - spectacular. The cabin was very good. Large double in the main area and a separate bedroom. The half day of our arrival we went across to… Read more
We stayed here for 2 nights. We stayed in a self contained 1 bedroom cabin #451. That gave us 2 x Sun Rises and 2 x Sunsets. From our front porch the view across over the airfield to Monument valley was - spectacular. The cabin was very good. Large double in the main area and a separate bedroom. The half day of our arrival we went across to Monument Valley. The full day we went up to the Canyon of the Ancients, Bluff and stopped both on the way out and on the way back at the Forrest Gump Viewpoint which is about mile 14-15 on the highway north. Yes its out of the way but the drive is worth the effort. I would highly recommend staying here. The hotel rooms are quite a bit higher so the view from up there would likely be even better Read less