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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Sep 11, 2020 Oldtraveler81

The hotel was ok, but the all day tour was not as advertised. We knew going in that we could not do the Navajo Country, but was assured that we would have just as good an experience. It was advertised as an 8 hour tour, and we only got to do 6 hours as the guide was probable tired of thinking of places to take us. The lunch was a sub sandwich,… Read more
The hotel was ok, but the all day tour was not as advertised. We knew going in that we could not do the Navajo Country, but was assured that we would have just as good an experience. It was advertised as an 8 hour tour, and we only got to do 6 hours as the guide was probable tired of thinking of places to take us. The lunch was a sub sandwich, which was good, but not the bbq they advertised. I know they could not do all they said, but they still charged us $150.00 each for the tour and we did not get anything like our moneys worth. At one point I turned to my daughter and asked if the guide really lived on reservation, as he seemed to know so little about it. No history or anything. It was maybe a tour worth $49.00 but not the full price they charged us. They should have modified the price. Read less
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Sep 5, 2020 Albert Y Lucca, Italy

Allthough there few places to stay in the area this is a great place, the staff very warm and helpful, good food take out only and absolutely beautiful scenery. Unfortunately the roads through the valley were closed.
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Aug 7, 2020 mama4shoes Orange County, California

Travelled during Covid, many closures. Good thing is that it's quiet. We book 1 bedroom villa that sleeps 6. Not the cleanest, but we pretended that it's like "glamping." The best feature was the porch, we could eat outside with the full view of the monuments or star gaze. (*A note about cleanliness- there was mug stuck inside the microwave… Read more
Travelled during Covid, many closures. Good thing is that it's quiet. We book 1 bedroom villa that sleeps 6. Not the cleanest, but we pretended that it's like "glamping." The best feature was the porch, we could eat outside with the full view of the monuments or star gaze. (*A note about cleanliness- there was mug stuck inside the microwave with very old coffee still inside. Then in the morning, I decided to skip coffee when I opened the little coffee maker, and the used pod was still there, and the machine looked like it hasn't been cleaned in... forever. ) Other than that, t'was all good. Read less
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Aug 4, 2020 UkDj

Wow! What a view! We stayed at the Goulding’s Lodge at Monument Valley and loved it! Sure, the accommodations are a little dated, but the room was clean and comfortable...and then there is the view! We were in room 205 which had a perfect view of the iconic buttes of Monument Valley. We watched incredible sunsets and sunrises from our balcony. The… Read more
Wow! What a view! We stayed at the Goulding’s Lodge at Monument Valley and loved it! Sure, the accommodations are a little dated, but the room was clean and comfortable...and then there is the view! We were in room 205 which had a perfect view of the iconic buttes of Monument Valley. We watched incredible sunsets and sunrises from our balcony. The Lodge has a good restaurant and swimming pool and an excellent gift shop. The property also has several old west props that are perfect for those photo opportunities! Read less
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Aug 2, 2020 Gretchen M Timonium, Maryland

The lodge was adequate, but the sunrise from the balcony was exceptional. The sun rises right between the monuments. The staff was very friendly. The food from the restaurant took way longer than expected, even after ordering several hours ahead with a pick up time. It took so long that our friends were completely done their dinner and they… Read more
The lodge was adequate, but the sunrise from the balcony was exceptional. The sun rises right between the monuments. The staff was very friendly. The food from the restaurant took way longer than expected, even after ordering several hours ahead with a pick up time. It took so long that our friends were completely done their dinner and they ordered after we did. Read less