Goulding’s Campground at Monument Valley

 

Guildings Campground is just a few miles up the highway from Monument Valley. Check-in is easy; the hardest part is finding a place to park your rig while you go inside. Not a bad place to stay, but the sites are packed pretty close. You will be saying “hello” to your neighbors during your stay! The campground itself can get congested, especially if there are a lot of campers with large RVs. Be sure you get your toad out of the road when you get in your spot! There were a few sticking out while we were there, and they were in the way of people trying to drive through. Spaces are assigned according to your rig size, if you’re towing a vehicle or not, or in a tent. Smaller RVs without toads were packed into one area (lots of rentals were here.) The larger rigs with toads got the center spots with pull-through sites.

Checkin Office at Gouldings Goulding's Campground in Monument Valley

The site itself was relatively level, although there was a gentle slope towards the front, right of the rig. Putting a couple of blocks under the tire seemed to fix it. The sewer dump was in a weird spot – way at the back of the drive, while the electric was up in the middle. We had to park the rig towards the back of our pull through spot to stay close to the sewer drop. It was a little awkward, but it worked. If your sewer hose will go backwards behind your rig it will be fine – ours only goes forward and to the side. Full hookups include sewer, electric, water and cable. They offer free Wi-Fi, but even their website says that they don’t have high speed Internet. Reception to Wi-Fi is crappy, to put it mildly. IF you can get a connection, it’s good for checking email, and that’s about it. Forget about sending/uploading photos or large files. Just plan on being without and anything you manage to get will be a pleasant surprise. I think your connection is better, as you get closer to the reception center. We have Sprint cell coverage, and we got spotty coverage. 3G was non-existent and we did manage to keep a few bars to make phone calls.

Goulding's Campground in Monument Valley

There is an onsite laundry and showers right at the campground. Guildings also has a grocery store, convenience store, car wash, and restaurant right up the road near their hotel. Nothing is cheap here, but there’s nothing else nearby, other than the restaurant in Monument Valley. They have an indoor pool right next to the reception center, but we didn’t use it. There is a post office about a block up from the campground entrance. Gouldings offers Monument Valley tours, but beware if you don’t want to get stuck on a ‘safari truck’ that seats 20.

Monument Valley Post Office

There is an onsite laundry and showers right at the campground. Guildings also has a grocery store, convenience store, car wash, and restaurant right up the road near their hotel. Nothing is cheap here, but there’s nothing else nearby, other than the restaurant in Monument Valley. They have an indoor pool right next to the reception center, but we didn’t use it. There is a post office about a block up from the campground entrance. Gouldings offers Monument Valley tours, but beware if you don’t want to get stuck on a ‘safari truck’ that seats 20.

The view from the campground is very nice, canyon walls surround you, and there’s a nice view down into Monument Valley from the end of the campground drive. There is a nice hiking trail (hard to find) in the camp, which leads to a pretty arch. Ask at the reception desk; don’t rely on their crappy map to find it.

View of Monument Valley From Gouldings

If you’re staying at Monument Valley and you want hookups for your RV, then Gouldings is your only option for now. The old campground inside the park has been taken over by The View hotel, and now has a few cabins and dry camping spots – it reopened four days before we arrived. They’re working on electric and water, so soon they will have RV hookups inside the park! Keep checking the Monument Valley website.

Oh! And on your way, be sure and stop at mile marker 13 just north of the entrance to Monument Valley for the iconic “Forrest Gump” shot. This is the place where he finally stopped running.

Forrest Gump Monument Valley View

Pros:
Hookups
Close to Monument Valley
Great views
Hiking trail in camp

Cons:
Crowded
Crappy Wi-Fi

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