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 Awesome place

Jul 21, 2019 marylW3500AP Yuma, Arizona

It’s a bit pricey but if you like places with a lot of activities, this is your place. They have a pool, walking trails, movies, beautiful scenery, store, laundry, etc. Very friendly and very efficient. I would definitely go back but next time it will be spring or fall. Of course beautiful Monument Valley Tribal Park is a ten minute drive away.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Red Rock Luxury Home was lovely!

Jul 21, 2019 myfamilystravelagent San Francisco

Our group of four rented the Red Rock Luxury Home and it was our favorite spot on our road trip! The home is up the road from the main lodge with lovely views. It's beautifully decorated with all the amenities needed to feel like you're "at home." We enjoyed the seating areas on two sides of the home, so we could always find some shade outside… Read more
Our group of four rented the Red Rock Luxury Home and it was our favorite spot on our road trip! The home is up the road from the main lodge with lovely views. It's beautifully decorated with all the amenities needed to feel like you're "at home." We enjoyed the seating areas on two sides of the home, so we could always find some shade outside for enjoying coffee or drinks. We liked being able to cook a meal and do laundry too. If it had been cooler we would have made a fire in the firepit after watching the sun set! Spotlessly clean, with excellent air conditioning. We're already considering how to return for a longer stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Lodge with fantastic view of Monument Valley

Jul 19, 2019 L6148VQpeterm Ellenbrook, Australia

Goulding's Lodge at Monument Valley is a great lodge to stay whilst visiting Monument Valley. The lodge has a few interesting things to look at, including a museum which costs $2-00 per person to enter, a great little gift shop, the John Wayne cabin which was used in the movie "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and a good restaurant as well. Back to the… Read more
Goulding's Lodge at Monument Valley is a great lodge to stay whilst visiting Monument Valley. The lodge has a few interesting things to look at, including a museum which costs $2-00 per person to enter, a great little gift shop, the John Wayne cabin which was used in the movie "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and a good restaurant as well. Back to the Future part 3 was also filmed in at the monuments. I woke up before dawn and drove down to the main road to get the best photos of the monuments as the sun rose. Breathtaking!!! Great hotel and recommend staying here. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location and excellent facilities

Jul 19, 2019 SB01 Krakow, Poland

We stayed in one of the Mountainside cabins. It was immaculate and well appointed with fridge-freezer, 2 TVs, 2 double beds, lounge area, nice bathroom, microwave. Best of all we were on the bottom tier, so we had an unfettered view of sunrise over the monuments, an event that had a nice communal feel as many others were also up watching. One… Read more
We stayed in one of the Mountainside cabins. It was immaculate and well appointed with fridge-freezer, 2 TVs, 2 double beds, lounge area, nice bathroom, microwave. Best of all we were on the bottom tier, so we had an unfettered view of sunrise over the monuments, an event that had a nice communal feel as many others were also up watching. One minor improvement would be to add a 2 or 4 ring cooker, to make self catering easier. The Goulding’s Lodge has many amenities including a small indoor swimming pool, a museum and gift shop, tours, a fuel Station, launderette and small movie theatre showing movies featuring The Duke. There is a well stocked and fair priced grocery and the fuel station offers take-away chicken and pizza. Note as it is Navajo land no alcohol is available. Would definitely stay again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great views however the lodge has some serious issues

Jul 16, 2019 Willy12345687

Stayed at the lodge for one night. Went on a tour that evening. Gouldings lodge Is in a great location for some views, but the rooms stink. I don’t believe they service them well and because of the demand for lodging in Monument valley, they get away with it. The bathroom was the size of a closet. The tub didn’t drain. The fitted sheets on… Read more
Stayed at the lodge for one night. Went on a tour that evening. Gouldings lodge Is in a great location for some views, but the rooms stink. I don’t believe they service them well and because of the demand for lodging in Monument valley, they get away with it. The bathroom was the size of a closet. The tub didn’t drain. The fitted sheets on the king size bed were made for smaller bed and were barely on the mattress. The blanket on the bed was torn and ragged. Pillows were the cheapest foam pillows you could buy. On top of that, it was way overpriced for the quality of the lodging. The Navahos have another lodge that looks much better. I will not stay in Gouldings again. Read less