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Gouldings Lodge

Monument Valley, Utah

With its flaming red buttes and rock spires, Monument Valley is one of North America's iconic landscapes, and Goulding's Lodge is our favorite place here to soak up the scenery and learn about Navajo culture and the history of the pioneers.

At a Glance

  • Motion picture perfect crimson buttes and endless desert views

  • A unique heritage from the 1920's trading post to Hollywood legends

  • Great shared tours of Monument Valley with Navajo guides

  • More than a lodge, Goulding's is a community supporting the tribal reserve

  • Fascinating museum and movie theater with Western favorites each evening

Adventure, Couples, Family

Insider's View

Goulding's may not be luxurious by any standard but it's all about the location, location, location! Its quirky character and history also make it one of my personal favorites.

Maudie Tomlinson

Insider's View

Head to the Earth Spirit Theatre each evening at 8pm to watch a classic John Wayne film

Anna Bleasdale

Insider's View

Ask for a Monument Valley view room and watch the sun rise over the stunning scene from your bed!

Anna Bleasdale

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Gouldings Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to The Southwest


Monument Valley and the surrounding Navajo tribal lands have been a film set for countless Hollywood Westerns from John Ford's Stage Coach in 1939 to the latest Disney blockbuster The Lone Ranger. Chose to spend a night or two at Goulding's to soak up the magnificent iconic views, go off-roading on a guided tour into Monument Valley accompanied by a local Navajo guide, or stay for longer to soak up the serenity of the Valley and chase that perfect panoramic photograph.

Goulding's Lodge offers basic but comfortable accommodations, with the main lodge rooms looking out over the community to the flaming iconic red buttes and slender spires. The Lodge also has a handful of cabins and homes, some of which offer stunning valley views.

Goulding's is more than a lodge, and also exists as a community first founded in 1920. The Gouldings built a trading post here to conduct business with the local Navajo Indians, but during the Great Depression trade slowed and, in a desperate attempt to bring relief to the Navajo people and themselves, Harry and Mike Goulding headed out to Hollywood in search of a solution. By luck and perseverance, they met John Ford and convinced him Monument Valley would be the perfect location for a film and the next month, 'Stagecoach' became the first of nine classic films the crew filmed in the Valley, with the Navajo locals billed as extras and even stars.

Whereas other properties may offer fancier facilities, Goulding's has an impressive heritage, a fascinating museum run from the old Trading Post (funds go towards education for the Navajo community), a quirky movie theater showing John Ford and John Wayne Westerns filmed in the valley, and restaurant and shopping facilities run by the local Navajo community which, together, make it a unique and memorable stop on your American road trip.


The 62 lodges at Gouldings Lodge have private balconies offering views of Monument valley - everywhere you look, there is dramatic scenery to be seen. The rooms themselves are simple but cosy and have flat screen televisions, a DVD player, a mini refrigerator, a coffee maker and individual climate control. The Lodge also has a handful of private casitas dotted around the property with two or three bedrooms available on an adhoc basis.

Location & Directions

Monument Valley, Utah

When to go

Gouldings Lodge has a desert climate moderated by altitude, with cool to cold winters and warm to hot summers, and plenty of sunshine year-round. Spring and Fall enjoy mild days and cool nights whilst the summer months from June to August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter is marked by crisp days and cold evenings, with occasional light snow fall.

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