Goulding's Lodge

Location: The American Southwest | USA

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Set amidst the fiery lunar landscape of Monument Valley, Goulding’s Lodge is a laidback retreat rich in Navajo history and culture. On-site it has an interesting museum, a movie theatre and a restaurant and shop, all run by the local Navajo community. 

The Gouldings first founded the lodge as a trading post to work with the local Navajo community. When the Great Depression hit, business ground almost to a halt and so Harry and Mike made for Hollywood to look for a solution. It was here that they persuaded John Ford that Monument Valley would be the perfect backdrop for his movies – a month later, Stagecoach was the first of many that would be filmed in the region, starring the locals too.
Perfect forAdventure seekers who are interested in Utah’s history.
In the knowThe lodge is involved with the Navajo community, and supports the tribal reserve. Take in the fascinating culture of the area and the lodge’s heritage from trading post to Hollywood film setting, and enjoy the museum and the movie theatre.

Recommended for...

  • Setting & Views
  • Guiding
  • Lodge
  • Walking & Trekking

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Surrounded by the red rock terrain of Monument Valley in Utah – the perfect stop off on an epic road trip.

Rooms at Goulding’s Lodge

Accommodation at Goulding’s Lodge is simple yet authentic, with balconies overlooking the staggering scenery. Inside the lodges there are televisions and fridges, while the villas and apartments nearby are best for families, with additional bedrooms and kitchenettes or kitchens, as well as panoramic views over Monument Valley. 

Food & Drink

Feast on all-American and Navajo cuisine at the diner as you drink in sweeping views of Monument Valley. Note that alcohol is not served here as the diner follows Navajo regulations.


Get into the spirit of the South West by watching a John Wayne classic at the hotel’s movie theatre, screening every evening at 8pm, and get a glimpse into the old trading post at the lodge’s museum, showcasing photographs and movie memorabilia amongst other artefacts. Also at Goulding’s Lodge is an indoor pool, DVDs to rent and a shop providing groceries. You can also pick up exquisite handicrafts: choose from a collection of over 300 rugs, as well as pottery and works of art.

Activities at Goulding’s Lodge

Delve into the wilderness with an extremely knowledgeable Navajo guide. They know the valley like the back of their hand and will take you to the iconic movie locations, ancient Anasazi sites and archaeological sites. When you go with one of the guides you can venture off-road where you can’t in your SUV – but whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed spectacular opportunities for photographs.

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Hotel location

Goulding’s Lodge is a 4.5 hour drive from Zion, and 2.5 hours from Lake Powell. Monument Valley Airport is a small airstrip, a ten minute walk from the hotel, while you might like to start your road trip from Las Vegas or Phoenix.

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