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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Mar 20, 2019 napiligal San Jose, California

Stayed here one night this past weekend. Stayed in room 113. WOW what a view.Two queen size beds that were very comfortable.Small but clean bathroom. The restaurant on the property was good. Fry bread sandwich was enough for two. Don't forget to see the museum on the property. You are across the street from the entrance to the park so it takes 5… Read more
Stayed here one night this past weekend. Stayed in room 113. WOW what a view.Two queen size beds that were very comfortable.Small but clean bathroom. The restaurant on the property was good. Fry bread sandwich was enough for two. Don't forget to see the museum on the property. You are across the street from the entrance to the park so it takes 5 minutes to get to the entrance. Don't forget that this is on the Navajo reservation so there is no liquor served. You can drink in your room but be respectful and take your empty bottles, cans, etc when you leave. Read less
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Mar 19, 2019 jets3tt3r11 Perth, Australia

Location location. View of the valley from our room was amazing. Rooms comfortable and staff friendly. Meals in the restaurant were nice. Shots of the sunset from our room was a real highlight. Will never forget that view
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Mar 19, 2019 SwissMagnolia Toronto, Canada

We stayed here only one night although I do wish we had stayed an extra day rather than travelling to Window Rock. Staying in one of the family cabins next to the restaurant was perfect, the "cabin" had lovely view of the valley and was tidy and comfortable for four (I even believe it can accommodate more with a fold-away bed. The staff at the… Read more
We stayed here only one night although I do wish we had stayed an extra day rather than travelling to Window Rock. Staying in one of the family cabins next to the restaurant was perfect, the "cabin" had lovely view of the valley and was tidy and comfortable for four (I even believe it can accommodate more with a fold-away bed. The staff at the restaurant were great. Food was simple and delicious, the portions very large in my opinion. Alexa who is in the gift shop was extremely helpful. Three days after we left the Lodge, one of our children discovered that a traveling stuffy was lost along our journey (mind you we were already on our fifth hotel in 7 days). Alexa took a look around and was incredibly helpful in trying to locate said stuffy and was empathetic to our situation. In the end, the stuffy was at another hotel but I am so thankful Alexa was helpful in looking. I would love to return to Gouldings and hike more along their property as well as in the Valley. Read less
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Mar 18, 2019 italiauno2017 Cincinnati, Ohio

I took my 17 yr old grandson on his school spring break and spent two nights at the lodge. Beautiful balcony view looking onto Monument Valley. Staff was very helpful in booking, checkin, and arranging the all-day area tour (not to be missed). Excellent restaurant with average prices, good food and good courteous service. Gift shop on premises… Read more
I took my 17 yr old grandson on his school spring break and spent two nights at the lodge. Beautiful balcony view looking onto Monument Valley. Staff was very helpful in booking, checkin, and arranging the all-day area tour (not to be missed). Excellent restaurant with average prices, good food and good courteous service. Gift shop on premises with quality Navajo items. A MV museum displaying the past Harry Goulding history as well as the numerous movies produced in MV. Read less
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Mar 16, 2019 danhX9808UD Columbus, Ohio

we booked our trip 10 months in advance. We booked a room with a balcony overlooking the valley. When we arrived we were given a small mobile home type of cottage. Don't get me wrong, it was all brand new inside and in above excellent condition, but it wasn't what we booked. We went back to the front desk and after waiting 15 we ended up… Read more
we booked our trip 10 months in advance. We booked a room with a balcony overlooking the valley. When we arrived we were given a small mobile home type of cottage. Don't get me wrong, it was all brand new inside and in above excellent condition, but it wasn't what we booked. We went back to the front desk and after waiting 15 we ended up dealing with the "manager" about the issue. He said the balcony rooms are all booked. I said look, I made this reservation 10 MONTHS AGO!!!! After some back and forth (and a 40% refund) we ended up keeping the original place, but moved to a higher one on a hill (unit 410) which gave a batter view. They have a front porch with chairs as well. When booking here, call and discuss what you ant. Their site is misleading. The location is gorgeous. Just make sure you're getting what you think you're getting. The cottages sit below the hotel area and many don't offer a great view. CALL THEM!!! Read less