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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Jul 19, 2021 alb152015 Orlando, Florida

The lodge itself was great! Comfortable, very clean, family friendly. There is a local grocery store and a laundromat nearby- walking distance. Pool was great for the kids after hiking. No hot tub though.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Magical and historical place to stay!

Jul 17, 2021 Traveller2920 Los Angeles, California

Beautiful place with beautiful Navajo people. Lodge is surrounded with magical Monument Valley . If you can, wake up and get outside your balcony and watch the sunrise in the morning. There is a restaurant, souvenir shop, wifi, swimming pool and their fantastic open truck tours in the Monument Valley . We loved this place, it has so much history… Read more
Beautiful place with beautiful Navajo people. Lodge is surrounded with magical Monument Valley . If you can, wake up and get outside your balcony and watch the sunrise in the morning. There is a restaurant, souvenir shop, wifi, swimming pool and their fantastic open truck tours in the Monument Valley . We loved this place, it has so much history and magical place to stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Cool little hotel with history

Jul 16, 2021 emptyNest59 Sullivan, Illinois

During covid I stayed here because the 'Tribal' options were full, and I'm really glad I did. What a cute place, and the views were amazing. I just stayed one night, because, let's face it, there isn't that much to do in Monument Valley except take some pictures when the Navaho lands are closed. I drove along the roads that were open, and did… Read more
During covid I stayed here because the 'Tribal' options were full, and I'm really glad I did. What a cute place, and the views were amazing. I just stayed one night, because, let's face it, there isn't that much to do in Monument Valley except take some pictures when the Navaho lands are closed. I drove along the roads that were open, and did the Forrest Gump thing, and that was it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice campground, unique setting

Jul 11, 2021 Dee1231R Longs, South Carolina

Enjoyed the campground, very close to monument valley (it was closed when we were there, but believe it is open now). The campground is nestled between rock formations which is really unique. There are a few trails up into the rock formations that are cool to wander around in.
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Jul 2, 2021 PattiM39 Ocala, Florida

My daughter and I stayed here for three nights during our road trip. We completely enjoyed our stay. Three nights in Monument Valley May seem too long, but, we needed some “downtime” during our trip. We loved watching the sunrises from our balcony, the restaurant on site is good, the local tours are great and we made short day trips to neighboring… Read more
My daughter and I stayed here for three nights during our road trip. We completely enjoyed our stay. Three nights in Monument Valley May seem too long, but, we needed some “downtime” during our trip. We loved watching the sunrises from our balcony, the restaurant on site is good, the local tours are great and we made short day trips to neighboring sites and towns. The room was clean and quiet. I will be going back one day! Read less