Goulding's Trading Post and Lodge

Monument Valley, Utah

Virgin rating

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 Basic Room

May 13, 2022 Hilary H Rock Springs, Wyoming

The room was basic motel style. No elevator if that matters. A simple restaurant is on site offering basic food, no alcohol. The view from the rooms is gorgeous when it is nice outside. When it is windy the dust kicks up and you can't see anything. Parking is free and the tours are worth it into Monument Valley.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice location but a bit old

May 5, 2022 drbooska Bangkok, Thailand

A nice hotel in front of the Monument. There is no bell boy so if you are not sure stay on first floor. Hotel is a bit old. Bathroom is a bit small. There is no breakfast. If needed order in advance. We arrived there a bit late so most of the services were close.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Highly recommend the 8 hour tour.

Apr 20, 2022 JoleneL331 Grants Pass, Oregon

We were RVing in Utah and Monument Valley was one of our destinations. We went on the 8 hour tour and enjoyed it immensely. Both my husband and I would recommend this tour. They take you to parts of the Navajo lands that you cannot access without a guide. In Mystery Valley we saw the Anasazi Ruins (cliff dwellers) and rock art, and more arches… Read more
We were RVing in Utah and Monument Valley was one of our destinations. We went on the 8 hour tour and enjoyed it immensely. Both my husband and I would recommend this tour. They take you to parts of the Navajo lands that you cannot access without a guide. In Mystery Valley we saw the Anasazi Ruins (cliff dwellers) and rock art, and more arches than are in Arches National Park. RV park was quiet and the views of a sunrise with the rock towers was awesome. We ate 3 meal at the restaurant and the food was really good. Try the Navaho Taco, beware this can easily feed 2 people. The service and staff were warm and friendly. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating expensive but almost worth it !

Apr 19, 2022 Cpjules Phoenix, Arizona

I spent 5 days here along with a couple of friends. We had side by side spaces and paid about $330 each. This is the most I have ever paid for an RV campsite. It is in a very picturesque setting but I wish the prices were more in line with other places of this caliber (like around $40-$50/nite). There is a lot to see in the area and if I had to… Read more
I spent 5 days here along with a couple of friends. We had side by side spaces and paid about $330 each. This is the most I have ever paid for an RV campsite. It is in a very picturesque setting but I wish the prices were more in line with other places of this caliber (like around $40-$50/nite). There is a lot to see in the area and if I had to do it again I'd stay here only 2-3 nites and then stay elsewhere for a few nites. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location, terrible food.

Apr 19, 2022 Lazzagear London, United Kingdom

Nestled under one of the giant buttes, the hotel rooms are basic but comfortable with great views. However, the only place to eat is the hotel's Stagecoach restaurant and the food was terrible - the worst we'd encountered in our 2 month trip! The menu was tight with few options but the salmon was swimming in grease and the seasonal veg was… Read more
Nestled under one of the giant buttes, the hotel rooms are basic but comfortable with great views. However, the only place to eat is the hotel's Stagecoach restaurant and the food was terrible - the worst we'd encountered in our 2 month trip! The menu was tight with few options but the salmon was swimming in grease and the seasonal veg was sweetcorn in fatty water. The chilli taco had no spice, no meat and was just gloopy brown sludge under shredded iceberg lettuce. Service was surly. As the only hotel near to Monument Valley they have a captive audience and standards have plummeted accordingly. Read less