In the 1980’s, Harry Goulding’s health was poor and he knew that the LaFont family, (dear friends of his,) could keep a promise Harry had made years before. That promise is based on the good of the community. In 1981, the LaFont family bought the property, the same year that Harry passed away. Soon after, Mike (Wife of Harry) returned to her home in Monument Valley, where she spent her final days knowing her husband’s promise would be kept.
The community at Goulding’s is not your typical community, it’s a little bigger than that. It’s the largest tribe of American Indians, the Navajo Nation. Clans and families interconnected across three states, and really around the world, is what makes up the Navajo Nation today.
Goulding’s is an essential center for the community. The land is a place of traditions, a home for the elders, growing families as well as, where many visitors come and stay to enjoy the iconic sights of Monument Valley. Many employees work for Goulding’s, and during this pandemic, a plan of action had to be developed quickly. Employees health is important to Goulding’s, and to reduce the spread of Covid-19, employees were released until further notice. Though Goulding’s is still accessible to the guests passing by, safety measures are in effect daily.
With management exceeding the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines daily, ensures that the safety measures are being taken heavily. The facility is being cleaned using TB Disinfectant Cleaner, (that is effective against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (BCG) and other bacteria). Using TB Disinfectant in all areas of touchable items, products, handrails. etc. Now every inch of the rooms is being thoroughly cleaned and are not occupied for 24 hours.
Attention to making sure Goulding’s is still providing a quality guest experience. The gift shop is still open but minding the social distancing standards. The restaurant, Stagecoach has curbside pickup. The gas station, the grocery store and the museum are all active and available to guests.
The effort has not gone unnoticed. A traveling guest from Canada, who was working his way home but uncertain of where his next stop would be, to find a room, gas and food. Speaking over the phone, one manager mentioned, “He stayed with us an extra night and made sure that all who served him, were well taken care of. He was tipping everyone he saw.”
Hearing this motivational story, during this uncertain time, is the reason why Goulding’s is accessible today, for their guests and most importantly, holding the promise for the community. Goulding’s is here for you, even if that looks different these days. Goulding's Lodge, Oljato-Monument Valley Utah. (866) 313-9769