Fodor's Expert Review Goulding's Lodge

Off U.S. 163, Monument Valley, Utah, 84536, USA

With spectacular views of Monument Valley from each room's private balcony, this historic lodge often serves as a base for film crews in the area—and has for years, as cinema greats John Wayne and John Ford used to stay here. It has handsome stucco buildings, and all rooms have basic amenities like coffeemakers, hair dryers, TVs, and Wi-Fi. The best lodging deals here are the houses and suites, which offer full kitchens and much more space than the hotel rooms for not much more money. For a true sense of Goulding's beginnings and history, spend some time at the on-site museum. Also on-site is the Stagecoach restaurant, which serves the area favorite, a Navajo taco, along with many traditional American entrées. Goulding's also offers custom-guided tours of Monument Valley and provides Navajo guides into the backcountry for a truly natural immersion. The lodge is 2 miles off U.S. 163, at the Monument Valley Tribal Park turnoff, about 25 miles southwest of Mexican Hat.


  • truly a slice of American history
  • the views
  • stunning views
  • private hiking trails
  • dark skies and quiet nights


  • it's miles from anything in any direction
  • rooms are dated and feel overpriced
  • it's miles from anything in any direction
  • rooms are dated
  • you pay a high price for the unique setting


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Phones: 435-727–3231


151 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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