Goulding's Trading Post Museum Goulding's Trading Post is a lodge, trading post, and museum located just north of the Arizona-Utah border, adjacent to the Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley. Opened in 1989, the museum is both a showcase of varied artifacts and a glimpse into a bygone era. It is comprised of several rooms that show case different aspects of life at Monument Valley:
The first room entered into the museum which depicts the wares and items sold in the early years of the trading post.
Trade supplies and Navajo goods which were common in the early trading post years. In addition, historic photos of Navajos and the trading post.
Josef Muench Room
Room which displays a variety of artwork and photographs of Monument Valley.
Room filled with still photos and history of movies filmed in Monument Valley since 1941.
Upstairs section of the trading post which depicts the home as it was used in the 1940s and 1950s. Many of the belongs were used by the Gouldings.
The museum is open to all visitors, whether staying at Goulding's or not. Admission is on a donation basis; donations provide for college scholarships for local high school graduates each spring.
Amenities and Tours Also present at Goulding's are cabins, a campground, gift shop, grocery store, and restaurant. In addition, visitors who want an experience beyond the main stream crowd and into areas not readily open to the public, a Navajo guided tour can be purchased at the Lodging Office.
Movie History Harry Goulding introduced director John Ford to Monument Valley where he shot several of his classic westerns. So from 1941 to present, more than 20 movies have had scenes filmed in Monument Valley.