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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not worth the price

Mar 29, 2020 ashirtale Belleville, Canada

Along with a friend, we spent an amazing day touring Monument Valley. If you haven't been there you really must go! That evening we checked into Goulding's Lodge ($149.00) The room had 2 queen sized beds. The decor could have been so much better....the wallpaper clashed with the bed spread which clashed with the drapes. The size of the room was… Read more
Along with a friend, we spent an amazing day touring Monument Valley. If you haven't been there you really must go! That evening we checked into Goulding's Lodge ($149.00) The room had 2 queen sized beds. The decor could have been so much better....the wallpaper clashed with the bed spread which clashed with the drapes. The size of the room was decent enough, but then there was a really small tv on the far side of the room - binoculars would have been appreciated. We went to the restaurant for dinner. Make sure if you are in the lower section of the hotel, drive up to the restaurant. We both are in fairly good shape, but honestly there should be at least one oxygen station available to complete the climb up all the stairs. The food was okay, but not worth the climb. Two photos included are the view from our room of Monument Valley and looking from lower level of the Lodge up to the upper level. Overall, we were not impressed enough with this hotel to ever stay there again. On our next visit to Monument Valley, we will book a hotel in Kayenta, about 35 minutes away. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating No refund or reimbursement for cancellation

Mar 24, 2020 Sherpa814013

I cancelled my trip due to covid-19 and did not receive any refund for this hotel room. It was the only hotel on my entire trip to the southwest that did not offer and reimbursement. I initially called the third party company Cancelon and they told me to send an email, to which I did not receive any response apart from this 'rate your stay' email.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating You will not forget the view of Monument Valley at Sunrise & Sunset

Mar 20, 2020 AussiePD Brisbane, Australia

We stayed here for 2 nights. We stayed in a self contained 1 bedroom cabin #451. That gave us 2 x Sun Rises and 2 x Sunsets. From our front porch the view across over the airfield to Monument valley was - spectacular. The cabin was very good. Large double in the main area and a separate bedroom. The half day of our arrival we went across to… Read more
We stayed here for 2 nights. We stayed in a self contained 1 bedroom cabin #451. That gave us 2 x Sun Rises and 2 x Sunsets. From our front porch the view across over the airfield to Monument valley was - spectacular. The cabin was very good. Large double in the main area and a separate bedroom. The half day of our arrival we went across to Monument Valley. The full day we went up to the Canyon of the Ancients, Bluff and stopped both on the way out and on the way back at the Forrest Gump Viewpoint which is about mile 14-15 on the highway north. Yes its out of the way but the drive is worth the effort. I would highly recommend staying here. The hotel rooms are quite a bit higher so the view from up there would likely be even better Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to stay!!!

Mar 17, 2020 tepcro Saint Johns, Arizona

My wife and I went to monument valley for an overnight getaway....(only 200 miles from home) Even though we were not able to stay for even one night, as the park was closed for corona virus, they gave me a full refund !! GREAT PEOPLE-GREAT POLICIES!!!! I’ll be back, and they will get my business!! Thanks again!!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Worth the drive...

Mar 6, 2020 TJOBee Stourbridge, United Kingdom

After driving up from Williams, we passed through Kayenta. Just before the sign to Goulding's Lodge, the fog came in!! See previous reviews of mine on Williams and the Grand Canyon! Checked in after a while. We had booked months earlier on my brother and sister in law's recommendation. However, in the meantime our bank had given us another credit… Read more
After driving up from Williams, we passed through Kayenta. Just before the sign to Goulding's Lodge, the fog came in!! See previous reviews of mine on Williams and the Grand Canyon! Checked in after a while. We had booked months earlier on my brother and sister in law's recommendation. However, in the meantime our bank had given us another credit card with a different number and the reception staff would unwilling to accept this! How many people turn up here from 6000 miles away trying to blag a paid for room! We even had their e-mail confirmation and our valid passports! Eventually, the manager seemed appeased that we were one and the same! It was now snowing as well, as we hauled our luggage up the stairs to our room. We flung open the curtains to take in the view. We could just make out the railings on our balcony! Went to the restaurant for a truly exceptional meal. Too much for my wife. I manfully ate all mine. A quick surf around the gift shop and to bed. My wife awoke earlier than me and so had the pleasure of opening the curtains, walking onto the balcony and taking dozens of photographs on the sun came up. I was still asleep! Eventually, awakening I was amazed at the view. Back to the restaurant and then the drive to Monument Valley itself.... Read less