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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Nov 19, 2019 thomasmarionalice Paris, France

I stayed at Goulding's Lodge one night with my parents during our US road trip. This place was perfectly located, right next to Monument Valley. There is everything you need : a supermarket, a gas station, a gift shop, a restaurant.. The apartment was clean and spacious :) Everybody was super welcoming, we enjoyed our stay !
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Nov 17, 2019 David C Ontario, Canada

Chose Goulding’s for its historical significance. Stayed two nights and loved the location and views of the valley. Facility is very neat and clean and staff friendly and helpful. The only negative is the food. Would rate it a 6 out of 10 at best! We hired a Navajo guide through Goulding’s and this was a smart move. The majority of the off road… Read more
Chose Goulding’s for its historical significance. Stayed two nights and loved the location and views of the valley. Facility is very neat and clean and staff friendly and helpful. The only negative is the food. Would rate it a 6 out of 10 at best! We hired a Navajo guide through Goulding’s and this was a smart move. The majority of the off road trails can only be accessed by these guides and that’s where the best sights are located. As an example, Mystery Valley is far more interesting than Monument Valley. Who knew...! We took the all day tour and it was well worth the price ($150/per). Just to drive the highway through Monument Valley is fine if your objective is a tick mark on your bucket list. Anyway, a wonderful experience. Not to be missed. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Really nice, upscale, clean with balconies!

Nov 12, 2019 cuddyvalley Frazier Park, California

Felt like I was in the middle of a John Wayne movie! The have a pool, museum, amazing gift shop and restaurant. Right on the border of Utah and Arizona. 2 miles away was the Monuments! Navajo Indian Nation. It was definitely a good stop!
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Nov 11, 2019 Lightbeing1 Las Cruces, New Mexico

We spent one night at Gouldings in one of their two bedroom apartments. Even though it was a little old, it was so clean, and the beds were very comfortable. We were able to cook one of our meals in the nice kitchen. The bathroom was great too with a bigger tub than usual. The view out the windows, amazing. I would highly recommend staying here. I… Read more
We spent one night at Gouldings in one of their two bedroom apartments. Even though it was a little old, it was so clean, and the beds were very comfortable. We were able to cook one of our meals in the nice kitchen. The bathroom was great too with a bigger tub than usual. The view out the windows, amazing. I would highly recommend staying here. I would give it five stars if there were more dining options. There is a grocery store on the property though. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Basic hotel but stunning views

Nov 11, 2019 pj0hnn0 Malton, United Kingdom

Stayed here for one night during a road trip, when we wanted to explore monuent valley, albeit brief. Easy check in, and spacious room which overlooked the valley. Watched the sunset and woke early to watch the sun rise, which were both very spectacular. Limited ameneties close by and other than the hotels restaurant there is a small food court… Read more
Stayed here for one night during a road trip, when we wanted to explore monuent valley, albeit brief. Easy check in, and spacious room which overlooked the valley. Watched the sunset and woke early to watch the sun rise, which were both very spectacular. Limited ameneties close by and other than the hotels restaurant there is a small food court serving burgers and chicken wings across the road. Somewhat disappointing, as we ended up eating a burger on the bed whilst wathcing tv. Good Tour of monument valley from the hotel, although it was shorter than origially booked for. does have a small swimming pool but this wasn;t used during our stay. Overall, not a bad hotel, but it's obvious you a paying for the views. I would recommend because being able to watch the sunrise and sunset from the room was excellent. Read less