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 Unique place to stay

Apr 9, 2021 phineasKnows Columbus, Ohio

The visit to the lodge was unique and really worth the price. The room was clean and cozy. The staff all were friendly and cheerful. The view from the patio was splendid. The sun rising over the monuments was something else.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Didn't stay, but did tour facilities

Apr 9, 2021 CADreamin Felton, California

First of all, we did not stay at Goulding's hotel; however, we did tour the grounds and availed ourselves of some of the amenities. Thus, we would like to offer some insight to those that might be considering this facility. The location of Goulding's can't be beat. It's, literally, minutes from the Tribal Valley (when it's open) and right… Read more
First of all, we did not stay at Goulding's hotel; however, we did tour the grounds and availed ourselves of some of the amenities. Thus, we would like to offer some insight to those that might be considering this facility. The location of Goulding's can't be beat. It's, literally, minutes from the Tribal Valley (when it's open) and right off Hwy 163 which is a fantastic scenic highway. Covid protocols are definitely in place and everyone we met was kind, friendly and knowledgeable. The Lodge is your typical 'vintage' lodge but the rooms looked clean and well-kept, as did the grounds. The campground was amazing and, if we're in the area again, would definitely consider staying there. (It looked either new or newly revamped.) The restaurant was great and there is a museum, store and gas station on site. We did take one of their tours and were completely satisfied with both the tour and the cost. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Cozy, clean & comfortable

Apr 8, 2021 Stephanie G Santa Barbara, California

We stayed one night at Goulding’s Lodge. The room was reminiscent of a vintage motel. It was clean and comfortable. The views of the valley are impeccable. The staff here are outstanding. From the hotel to the restaurant to the laundromat- everyone we dealt with was polite and helpful. The food at the restaurant was very good. We only had… Read more
We stayed one night at Goulding’s Lodge. The room was reminiscent of a vintage motel. It was clean and comfortable. The views of the valley are impeccable. The staff here are outstanding. From the hotel to the restaurant to the laundromat- everyone we dealt with was polite and helpful. The food at the restaurant was very good. We only had takeout because of the pandemic and the meals were delicious and packaged nicely. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful Scenic Destination

Apr 5, 2021 Belfastgt Arvada, Colorado

Just returned from a 3 day day at Gouldings in the hotel. We are all trying to adapt to exceptional circumstances this year as we try to lead a normal life. The staff were excellent in checking me in and making me aware that things are not as they usually are. I did not use the restaurant facilities but they were open and safety precautions all… Read more
Just returned from a 3 day day at Gouldings in the hotel. We are all trying to adapt to exceptional circumstances this year as we try to lead a normal life. The staff were excellent in checking me in and making me aware that things are not as they usually are. I did not use the restaurant facilities but they were open and safety precautions all in place. No maid service for everyones safety and protection.But they were there is we needed anything. Tours were distanced in the vehicles. It was a most relaxing few days as I gazed over the miracle that is Monument Valley Tribal Park. I left with my batteries recharged and ready to get back to the pandemic world. This was my 2nd visit to Gouldings and I can safely say it will not be my last. I got everything I wanted and needed on my visit. Thanks for continuing to try to keep things normal and share the beauty that is around you. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful location. Grounds were spotless, staff was incredibly personable.

Apr 3, 2021 casatre

I applaud Goulding's for cancelling almost all of their tours because of Covid. There is still plenty to do. The price was very reasonable. The campground was spotless along with restrooms & laundry. You won't regret spending time at Goulding's.