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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May 17, 2019 CanberraJazzman Canberra

We stayed for 2 nights as part of a driving holiday. Our first floor room had good views and was very comfortable and quiet. Staff were friendly and helpful. We found the pay laundry and supermarket, just a short walk away, particularly useful (note you have to buy a card and load credit on it to use washers and dryers). The restaurant was very… Read more
We stayed for 2 nights as part of a driving holiday. Our first floor room had good views and was very comfortable and quiet. Staff were friendly and helpful. We found the pay laundry and supermarket, just a short walk away, particularly useful (note you have to buy a card and load credit on it to use washers and dryers). The restaurant was very good, for both food and service (note: the non-alcoholic beer is much better than the non-alcoholic wine!), and the small museum and large gift shop are well worth a look. We also used one of Goulding’s day-tours, which was excellent. Highly recommended. Read less
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May 17, 2019 Alan R Bluffton, South Carolina

We planned a trip to Monument Valley a year ago and elected on this place to stay not knowing it's rich history. Monument Valley is a must and staying at Goulding's added so much more. We visited their museum rich in history including so many old movies staring the likes of John Wayne. I recommend their awesome cottages only 2 years old with… Read more
We planned a trip to Monument Valley a year ago and elected on this place to stay not knowing it's rich history. Monument Valley is a must and staying at Goulding's added so much more. We visited their museum rich in history including so many old movies staring the likes of John Wayne. I recommend their awesome cottages only 2 years old with enough room for six. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Now this is a RESORT!!!

May 16, 2019 Sherri O Fairfield, Texas

We were here for 5 nights! We were in the best site ever!!! It was a Big Rig Back In...site 11. If you want an awesome view with no rigs interrupting your view...get Site 11. The mountains are the first thing you see when you open your door! Goulding’s has a grocery store...very reasonably prices, laundry, gift shop, restaurant, deli, gas… Read more
We were here for 5 nights! We were in the best site ever!!! It was a Big Rig Back In...site 11. If you want an awesome view with no rigs interrupting your view...get Site 11. The mountains are the first thing you see when you open your door! Goulding’s has a grocery store...very reasonably prices, laundry, gift shop, restaurant, deli, gas station with both regular and diesel, tours, museum, etc. Everything you could need is right there...except BEER. Haha. Internet and cell service not the best...but it does work on and off. The all day tour is well worth the money. Plus you get a free big mug, perfect for soup or stew, and a t shirt. They take you places you can’t drive too. The showers at the campgrounds are very small with no room to change comfortably...especially for women. The card key for the bathroom never worked. Even the staff couldn’t get it to work. I didn’t appreciate her snotty attitude when I tried to get help....yes, I did follow the instructions on the door! Don’t accuse me of just saying it and not doing it! But then I thought some of staff were rude, but did find the staff at the gift shop very helpful. That being said, would highly recommend this true RESORT if you’re going to a Monument Valley!! Read less
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May 15, 2019 Nataliya K Odessa, Ukraine

The only way to get to this place is by car. We were affraid that our arrival might be delayed and check in can be about 10-11 pm. We phoned to campground and they answered that office can be closed, but security will let us in. It took us about 1 hour driving inside Goulding's places to find reception desk for check in. There were few different… Read more
The only way to get to this place is by car. We were affraid that our arrival might be delayed and check in can be about 10-11 pm. We phoned to campground and they answered that office can be closed, but security will let us in. It took us about 1 hour driving inside Goulding's places to find reception desk for check in. There were few different lodging types and no plain destination arrows to find our's. We were asking about the way more then 3 times. Finally we checked in 5 minits before the working day of receptionist was ended. She was a bit rude and nervous, did not let us to buy anything from souvenirs shop. Thanks God we arrived in time, because it would not be possible to find anybody for check in. We would not be able to find any security guys. Cabin was small but clean and not bad for 1 night. Read less
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May 11, 2019 Kathleenalaska Auburn, Washington

Disappointed in the view from the Campground as it is tucked back up in a canyon. It was nice to have a grocery store less than 1/2 mile away along with a gas station and deli. It was nice that they asked, upon check in, if we belonged to AAA, AARP or military to receive a 10% discount..