Polly poses by the arch just next to Gouldings campground

Polly poses by the arch just next to Gouldings campground

A very friendly  and scenic full hookup campground just ~6 miles from Monument Valley visitor center.

Link to park here: Gouldings Campground, Monument Valley, UT
Link to map location here: Gouldings Campground, Monument Valley, UT

  1. Site quality = 3/5
    Very decent sites with just a few dings. There is a selection of full hookup back-in, pull-through and dry-camping/tent sites all basic, cleared, flat dirt with small “sitting area” containing picnic table and grill. Not a lot of separation or privacy, plus some sites are somewhat difficult to get into (our first site had a tree that made it impossible to get our rig in). On positive side you have very nice all-round views of red rocks plus there is a “slot” view of Monument Valley especially from the upper sites.
  2. Facilities = 3.5/5
    Decent facilities. Clean toilets and bathrooms with good water-pressure and temperature. Slight ding is that showers were a tad older and somewhat small/tight leaving not a lot of room for changing.
  3. Amenities = 3.5/5
    Good amenities. There is decent on-site store, pool (although it was closed while we were there) and laundry which was modern, but somewhat pricey ($3 per wash). On-site dump station and workable WiFi. The Campground also offers tours of the Valley and nearby Lodge has additional amenities incl, car-wash, gas station, propane and market.
  4. Location = 5/5
    Location is what you come here for. Gouldings is the only hookup campground next to Monument Valley, and for visiting the area it’s a perfect place to stay. As an additional bonus there’s an on-site short hike to a lovely arch (nice surprise) and lovely views all-around.
  5. Pet friendliness = 5/5 
    Great area for doggie. There’s limited space at camp, but good space to walk right next to the campground and on the trail to the nearby arch.

Overall rating =  4.0
BONUS ALERT:
Red Rocks and distant views of Monument Valley from your campsite!

Summary: If you’re coming to Monument Valley and you want full hookups Gouldings is the only deal in town. Considering it’s a monopoly we were pleasantly surprised. The sites are basic dirt with not a lot of privacy or separation, but the views are lovely (red rocks all around and slot view of Monument Valley in the back-ground) and the owners super-friendly and responsive. As an additional bonus there’s a lovely little hike to an arch right by camp, perfect for both humans and paws, on-site WiFi (a bonus where there’s almost zero Verizon signal), plus the nearby Lodge has lots of additional amenities incl. movies of the area. The campground also offers tours of the Valley and is conveniently located only ~6 miles from the visitor center. Given our preferences we’d prefer to stay at the tribal campground which is dry-camping, cheaper ($10/night) and closer to the park (unfortunately it was closed while we were there…it’s opening up again Dec 2013), but if you want full hookups I’d certainly recommend this park.

Extra Info: Very, very poor Verizon signal (1X only). On-site WiFi is workable. Dry-camping sites cost $26/night. Full hookups cost $45/night. Good Sam’s and AAA discounts. On-site dump station.

View of our site (#39)

View of our site (#39)

Typical pull-through

Typical pull-through

View down the row from top. Our RV on right. Slot view of Monument Valley in background.

View down the row from top. Our RV on right. Slot view of Monument Valley in background.

View from bottom of row towards top of campground.

View from bottom of row towards top of campground.

View of another row from bottom

View of another row from bottom

"Aerial" view of campground from arch hike.

“Aerial” view of main campground from arch hike. Our RV is on right side.

"Aerial" view of non hook-up/tent section from arch hike

“Aerial” view of non hook-up/tent section from arch hike

View of main check-in/faciltiies

View of main check-in/faciltiies

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11 Responses to RV RV Park Review – Gouldings Campground, Monument Valley, UT

  1. Donna K says:

    Great review, thanks. We have not yet ventured into Utah but really want to. That looks like a nice place but we better start saving up to stay there. Since I like hook-ups, I’d probably bite the bullet and go for it.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yeah it’s a bit pricey for sure. We did our 2 days and left. If it were cheaper we’d probably have stayed longer :)
      Nina

  2. Teri says:

    Just curious – do you not use the shower in your RV? Or are you just looking at the showers to do your reviews?

    • libertatemamo says:

      It’s both. If we’re in a spot without sewer hookups we’ll always use the campground showers, but even when we have full hookups I’ll go ahead and try them out for the campground review.
      Nina

  3. Leo and Elaine Murray says:

    Hi Nina .. Paul,

    Your Monument Valley posting caused me to go back to have another viewing of the slide show I put together after Elaine and I were in the same area in 2011. Did I send the slide show link to you? If not, here it is https://vimeo.com/user8238798/videos

    Elaine and I depart April 25 for a month in Costa Rica’s rain forests.

    I’ve got a Nepal trek planned for Spring 2014 should you be tempted.

    All the best.

    Leo and Elaine

    • libertatemamo says:

      Oh wow…I can’t recall if I saw that video or I just relived it again. Wonderful! ENJOY your time in Costa Rica. Can’t wait to see your shots of the place.
      And…I’ll have to think about that Nepal trip. It’s so very tempting.
      Nina

  4. pmbweaver says:

    Thanks for the review. We are thinking of visiting Utah come fall.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Cool! Fall is a great time to visit, and you can’t go wrong staying here. I recommend staying a few days so you can see sunrise/sunset and do one or more of the Valley Tours.
      Nina

  5. Bonnie says:

    I’d skip the full hookups and stay over at Gooseneck Park. Free dry camping, over the top views and easy to get to MV for touring

    • libertatemamo says:

      Well that’s where we are now and it sure is nice. Goosenecks is a little far from Monument Valley for our tastes (it would be a long day to leave the dog in the RV), but for folks without pets it’s great spot to park. Of course once the Tribal Campground opens up again I suspect that would become our first choice.
      Nina

  6. Rowanova says:

    I could gladly spend a fair amount of time in this area. It’s been on my list for some time.

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