The biggest challenge I found, when planning our visit to Monument Valley, was deciding where to stay. When searching the web for good lodging options two things appeared clear: Monument Valley hotels are few and far between and they book up very quickly, so you need to act fast.
I found this piece of advice on travel forums about the area and indeed it seemed to be confirmed by my own web findings. I wasn’t able to find any Monument Valley hotel that I could book with a free cancellation option, any that had more than a couple of rooms left (this was a good few month before our summer trip) and I also very quickly realized there simply were not many Monument Valley hotels at all.
We were lucky to snatch a great room at Goulding’s lodge but the stress of planning this night lead me to write this post. This is my overview of the best places to stay in Monument Valley and surrounding area, Monument Valley hotels and other hotels you can stay in when visiting Monument Valley but that are farther afield.
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Monument Valley hotels
There are only two hotels in Monument Valley ‘proper’: the View hotel, which is inside the Monument Valley Navajo tribal park and Goulding’s Lodge, which is immediately outside the park.
The View Hotel
The view hotel is inside Monument Valley Navajo tribal park and is the first building you see as you enter the area. The hotel takes its name from the fact that it is perched in the perfect position to catch the view of Monument Valley just below.
If you stay here, you do not need to do anything to see the peaks except for looking out of your window!
It is a stellar location and the view is indeed spectacular: it expands in front of you day and night and the fact that you don’t need to take the car, once at the hotel, to enjoy it, is a definite plus.
Rooms at The View Hotel Monument Valley
In terms of facilities, The View hotel at Monument Valley is a 3 star hotel and offers standard guest rooms, special stargazing rooms (on the 3rd floor) and premium cabins.
The rooms all offer flat screen TV, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker and microwave, air conditioning / heat and a balcony. The stargazing view, called StarView rooms are at the top floor and they have been designed specifically to facilitate stargazing, something really special here in Monument Valley considering the darkness you get and the amazing silhouettes of the buttes against the star lit sky!
Premium cabins at The View Hotel
Larger families and groups can opt for the nice premium cabins the hotel has on their grounds. They host up to 6 guests and they all have porches with view over the valley, sometimes even better than the one you get from the hotel itself! Each cabin has a full restroom and shower plus refrigerator and microwave.
The View hotel at Monument Valley Campground
The View hotel also offer the option to camp, either in their RV spaces or on their wilderness camping sites. Their RV sites are dry and have no hook ups. . The wilderness camping sites are on the cliff side of the park and have a restroom / shower facility. A convenience store is in the registration office and has camping supplies, food, drinks and ice
The hotel has an onsite restaurant, ATM machine and laundry facilities are nearby. The View hotel at Monument Valley operates a strict no smoking policy and pets are not allowed (except service animals). Families are welcome and rooms on the first floor have larger balconies designed to accommodate larger parties.
The hotels does not provide a pool and this is by design: as their website states, this area sees families without access to water and not having a pool for guests is a decision made as an act of respect to local living conditions.
A computer with Internet access and free WiFi is in the lobby. WiFi only reaches some of the rooms.
Please note that the hotels is inside the Tribal Park and as such you need to pay the park entrance fee, currently 5$, to access it.
Goulding’s Lodge at Monument Valley
Golding’s lodge is a bit of an institution in Monument Valley. It is the first place I have encountered when looking for lodging options in Monument Valley and has pretty much all you want from a base in a remote location such as this one, including amazing views, great guest facilities and the option to book tours.
Goulding’s Lodge at Monument Valley rooms
Golding’s Lodge offer several accommodation options ranging from rooms to full houses / cabins. They are all located close to each other for convenience and you can choose one or the other depending on the size of your party and availability. When we visited last summer, we stayed in one of their cabins which proved excellent, clean and spacious.
Each room in Goulding’s lodge has flat-screen TV with 200 plus dish network channels, a mini refrigerator and coffee maker, hair dryer and toiletries, ironing facilities, air conditioning / heat.
The cabins are close to each other but not so close to make you feel cramped. They all have parking space and very much feel like a little village, making this remote location unexpectedly welcoming. You can check prices and availability for all Goulding’s accommodation options here
Goulding’s campground at Monument Valley
If you prefer camping, Golding’s also offers space for RV and tents. They have full RV hook up sites and the Goulding’s gas station sells propane. The campsite offers basic internet access and this means you may find yourself frustrated if suddenly in need of fast internet service although at the lodge you do have a public computer station with free internet access and, in some areas, free WiFi.
Other facilities at Goulding’s lodge Monument Valley
As well as several lodging options in Monument Valley, Goulding’s offers facilities aimed at taking care of all your needs. On site, they have a local museum, a souvenir shop and an excellent restaurant as well as a tour desk offering very many tours the area (morning, evening, photography tours etc). They also have a year-round, indoor heated swimming pool, seasonal outdoor sun deck, fitness room with treadmill and weight bench, free WiFi and the Earth Spirit Theater.
Overall, staying at Goulding’s feels very much like being in a little town with facilities available within a limited and convenient area. You can check prices and avaibaility for all Goulding’s accommodation options here
Other Monument Valley hotels
If you cannot or do not want to stay in The View or Goulding’s, you need to look farther away from Monument Valley lodging and stay in one of the closest tows to the valley, namely Kayenta and Buff. These are some hotels near Monument valley and Monument Valley accommodation options that get regular good reviews on Booking. com .
Kayenta is a town about 30 miles from Monument Valley that can act as a good base to discover the area.
The hotels with best reviews in this area are the Wetherill Inn, which is a motel on Kayenta High street and the Hampton Inn Kayenta, which is part of the Hilton Group.
The Wetherill Inn is a motel and offers basic but clean and functional accommodation. It has rooms accommodating up to 4 people, a small indoor swimming pool, computer access, access to laundry facilities and a pottery shop. You can read review about the Wetherill Inn on TripAdvisor here or book a room on booking.com here
The Hampton Inn Kayenta is a Hilton hotel and offers rooms with Free WiFi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a 37-inch TV. The hotel has free WiFi, fitness room and swimming pool and additional facilities such as gift shop, clothes shop and coin laundry. You can book directly with the hotel here.
Monument Valley hotels in Bluff
If you don’t mind staying a little farther away from Monument Valley Tribal park, you find plenty of accommodation options in Bluff.
Bluff Gardens lodging in Bluff is the accommodation option in Monument Valley are with the highest score on booking.com, an impressive 9.6! They offer nice cabins with 1 bedroom, bathroom with free toiletries, a living room and a kitchenette with a microwave that can accommodate up to 6 guests. Free parking is available on site.
Willow street cottages scores 9.3 on booking,com for quality which is an exceptionally high score and the second best in the area. The Willow street property features and on site vineyard (!), free parking and is pet-friendly, which is something not many Lodging options in Monument Valley offer. They have a microwave, a small refrigerator and a coffee bean grinder and coffee maker in each room, as well private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries.
Desert Rose Resort and Cabins is one of the most popular addresses in the area and always receive good reviews, scoring high at 8.9 (out of 10) on booking. com. They offer rooms able to accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children, they have a swimming pool, free parking and restaurant on site (although check it is in operation on the dates of your booking as in low season some guests reported it as closed).This is a nicely designed hotel with a nice resort feel and a good address for travelers of all ages
La Posada Pintada scores 8.8 / 10 on booking and is a nice inn in a nice location. Each room has a microwave, small fridge and coffee-making facilities and free WiFi is available throughout the property.
I hope you found this selection of accommodation options and hotels in Monument Valley useful. Safe travels!