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 Clean cabins, good location.

Oct 19, 2021 MidwestAlpinist Chicago, Illinois

My wife and I stayed in cabin for 2 nights while visiting Monument Valley. Our room was well kept and clean. The quality of the furnishings would be considered 3 to 3.5 stars. The location is great. The Monument Valley tours are just a couple of miles down the road. There is a gas station and grocery store on site. The restaurant has a nice… Read more
My wife and I stayed in cabin for 2 nights while visiting Monument Valley. Our room was well kept and clean. The quality of the furnishings would be considered 3 to 3.5 stars. The location is great. The Monument Valley tours are just a couple of miles down the road. There is a gas station and grocery store on site. The restaurant has a nice view and the staff were friendly but the food was average at best. I had the Navajo taco, which is like a Tostada with chili. My wife had the fish n chips. Both had the quality of a fast food restaurant. The View Restaurant was closed when we were there and there aren't any other good restaurants nearby. So your options are pretty limited. You might consider buying some food from the grocery store and making a simple dinner in your room if you rent a cabin with a kitchenette. Anything you make will be as good as the restaurant food. And you can eat on your front porch in relative peace and quiet, with a lovely view. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful place - go for a freestanding cabin/trailer

Oct 16, 2021 BrandonK850 Flagstaff, Arizona

We stayed here as 2 adults and three smaller kids. We ended up with a great rate through a Hotwire discount, but we knew this was the place by the photos used and the area. We ended up with a free standing cabin with two queens and a pull out couch. What was the nice surprise is that you are actually in a single wide mobile home, so you get a… Read more
We stayed here as 2 adults and three smaller kids. We ended up with a great rate through a Hotwire discount, but we knew this was the place by the photos used and the area. We ended up with a free standing cabin with two queens and a pull out couch. What was the nice surprise is that you are actually in a single wide mobile home, so you get a full bathroom, kitchenette, living room area, and the second bed is in its own bedroom with a door. Excellent choice for families. This area is a staging point to spend one or many days in the Monument Valley and surrounding canyonlands. It has its own restaurant, grocery store, gas station, laundry, and pool. The full complex is spread out quite a bit, so the campground is nowhere near the motel style rooms and the cabins/suites are off on their own as well in a mini-mobile home park area. For living only a few hours away, I am surprised I have not been here before. It is very rare to get an amazing natural wonder with a freestanding cabin/trailer tucked in the rocks. Definitely a bucket list visit. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Most beautiful place you will ever visit.

Oct 11, 2021 V B Yucca Valley, California

Monument Valley is sacred land - so beautiful, and it's view changes with the time of day and lighting. We just got back from camping in an RV for 3 nights in Goulding's RV Park, and that too is beautiful. Clean, but the reason I only gave this business a "2" is because of our personal experience with security and being ripped off. My credit… Read more
Monument Valley is sacred land - so beautiful, and it's view changes with the time of day and lighting. We just got back from camping in an RV for 3 nights in Goulding's RV Park, and that too is beautiful. Clean, but the reason I only gave this business a "2" is because of our personal experience with security and being ripped off. My credit card info was stolen in Cameron on the way up to Monument Valley, and so my credit card company sent a replacement card to Goulding's Lodge. I checked with the gift shop (where I was told the mail is delivered and sorted), and I checked with the front desk at the lodge for the 3 days that we were camping. Each day I was told that nothing had been delivered. When I got home, my credit card company told me that my card had been delivered to the wrong person - the way I understood that is that someone intercepted my card and tried to activate it and failed. I really feel that they cut their own throat because if I would have had my credit card I probably would have bought way more jewelry at the Trading Post, but with the circumstances I had to hold on to my cash. The other issue I had was a man came to our door at the RV, panhandling. The location is so remote - I was surprised, and felt that he could have just as easily robbed us. Oh, and yes they have a vehicle with "SECURITY" written on the side, but it cruises through the campground doing 25 or 30 mph, even though the posted speed limit is 10 mph. if you go to Monument Valley, enjoy it. It's a once in a lifetime experience, but keep your head on a swivel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Stay!

Oct 9, 2021 DaGMan1330

My traveling companion & I stayed in a cabin. It was fantastic! To wake up & step out onto your private deck with a freshly brewed cup of Java to watch the sunrise over Monument Valley was Awesome! Truely a place to stay longer. Convenient spot for all your supplies. Loved it, Will most definitely return.
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Oct 3, 2021 beth d

We just spent two nights at the campground in a tent site. Great location if you have an early morning tour of Monument Valley as we did. Very clean and new restrooms and showers. Ask for a tent site at the back of the property away from the road for a quieter night. Nice to have the option of eating dinner at the lodge if you want to take a… Read more
We just spent two nights at the campground in a tent site. Great location if you have an early morning tour of Monument Valley as we did. Very clean and new restrooms and showers. Ask for a tent site at the back of the property away from the road for a quieter night. Nice to have the option of eating dinner at the lodge if you want to take a break from camp cooking. Good cell reception. Read less