Gallup Things to Do

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    McKinley County Courthouse
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    Veterams Memorials

    by Basaic Written Aug 8, 2014

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    There is a nice Veterans Memorial Walk on the grounds of the McKinley County Courthouse honoring veterans from the county and the United States. Gallup was selected as the Most Patriotic Little Town in America by Rand McNally in 2013. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our military and the contributions they make to our freedom and way of life.

    Veterans Walk Veterans Walk Most Patriotic Little Town in America
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    Road Trip Thru Gallup

    by LauraWest Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    You have to stop in Gallup to buy some Indian jewelery. Best deals ever! Beware plastic stones that look real. Ask for certificate of authenticity, which seller should provide. Good place to stop for lunch, too, if you eat meat. As vegetarians, we had a hard time. Even the Navaho Tacos had ground beef in the little place we tried. Sorry, we couldn't eat them.

    There are many modern places to stay overnight, too, chain motels & older independent, unique ones, too. Next time I go, I want to stay longer. Day trip possibilities abound! See the web site for many, very awesome, suggestions! !

    And let me know what you did, so I can experience it vicariously, please. I will now reveal a dream I've had for many years --- to move to New Mexico! It may happen, yet!

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    Red Rock State Park Does Weddings!

    by LauraWest Updated Apr 21, 2005

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    Get Your Attention?! Well, its true, too. Pick any date but Summer! A few miles East of Gallup, this was a good place to picnic & camp, too.It is beautiful, the red rock cliffs & sand. I love the peacefulness.The Visitor Center has a small museum & garden of native plants, identified. There was a ceremony going in inside the multipurpose room honoring Native American servicemen & women. We didn't stay very long since we were on our way to Flagstaff, on our road trip in 2003. would LOVE to return!
    See next entry for the annual inter-tribal ceremonial information held here. in August.

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    Annual Inter-Tribal in August is Huge!

    by LauraWest Updated Apr 21, 2005

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    Ceremonial Indian dances, marketplaces, juried art show, a professional Indian rodeo, parades in downtown Gallup, local foods, and Indian crafts demonstrated make this yearly event very popular. This is a 5 day event, bringing in thousands of people, from all over.
    Special prices for jewelry, in town, start just before the event & continue through it, I discovered.
    First Inter-tribal was in 1921, so there's organized tradition here & that makes for a great time for Indians & non-Indians. Much of it goes on at Red Rock State Park ( see state park tip).
    Very exciting & beautiful event in so many ways!

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    El Rancho Hotel - Home Of The Movie Stars

    by Paulie_D Updated May 31, 2004

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    I've put this under 'Must See' because I didn't stay here but rather my tour group just pulled in for a coffee/rest stop on our way down Route 66.

    Once upon a time, this was a favourite stop for movie stars during Hollywood's heyday.

    I've put more information & pictures in the Travelogue

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    Forests in the Middle of the High Desert

    by KristyB Written Jun 9, 2003

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    You absolutely MUST visit McGaffey if you have time and like to be in the wilderness. It is absolutely nothing like Gallup and the surrounding area, it is lush and green with ponderosa pines, aspens, and oak trees.

    The trail I like the most is called "Quaking Aspen" and it is about 8 miles long. If you just want to go on a 4 mile hike, go to the barbed wire fence and turn around. This trail is located at Mile marker 3 on Route 400. Take the McGaffey Exit on I-40 and just keep going on that road until you hit Cibola National Forest, it's just a few miles past that.

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    Gallup and McKinley County

    by Basaic Written Aug 8, 2014

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    Gallup is a town of about 22,000 (up 9% since 2000) located along Interstate 40 (old Route 66) in Northwest New Mexico. Gallup was founded in 1881 when the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad came through the area. Gallup was named for David Gallup a paymaster for the railroad. Gallup is known for all the Indians tribes in the area (like Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni) and for mining. Gallup is the county seat for McKinley County. McKinley County is one of only 38 counties in the United States, where English is not the main language spoken at home. 46% of county residents speak Navajo at home.

    McKinley County Courthouse (Old Section) McKinley County Courthouse Gallup Library Children's Library
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    Gallup Cultural Center

    by Basaic Written Aug 8, 2014

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    The first things you notice as you approach the Gallup Cultural Center is the impressive old Atchison and Topeka Railroad Depot, designed by Fred Harvey architect Mary Colter and completed in 1923. The building is now home to the cultural center which houses a cafe, a modern art gallery specializing in art by and about the area Indian Nations. I especially enjoyed the special exhibit of art by local schoolchildren that was on display when I visited. Hours are 8 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

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    Nice Historical Museum in Old Hotel

    by Basaic Written Aug 8, 2014

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    The Rex Museum houses nice displays about the railroad, mining and other aspects of the history of Gallup and McKinley County. The museum is located in the old Rex Hotel which was built in 1900 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours are 8 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

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    Gallup Historic District and the El Rancho Hotel

    by Basaic Written Aug 8, 2014

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    Gallup has a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Many of the buildings are along the old Route 66. One building along old Route 66 you should not miss is the old Hotel El Rancho which was long a popular stop along the road and had a number of Hollywood celebrities (like John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Kirk Douglas) and other famous guests. It still operates as a hotel today. The El Rancho, along with many buildings in Gallup, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Hotel El Rancho Gallup Historic District Historic District Along Route 66
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    El Morro Theatre

    by Basaic Written Aug 8, 2014

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    The El Morro Theatre (Spanish for the "Castle" or "Fortress") was completed in 1928 and is a beautiful building. It was long a gathering place for many community activities and is still used today for political debates, dance recitals, music concerts, movies and other gatherings. The El Morro Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    The Gallup Murals

    by Basaic Written Aug 8, 2014

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    When you come to Gallup make sure you do not miss the 11 murals in the downtown area depicting the history and culture of the town. I especially liked the one honoring the veterans (photo 1), the code talkers (photo 5), and the "Long Walk Home" (photo 4).

    Veterans Mural Mural Long Walk Home Mural Codetalkers Mural
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  • Red Rock Balloon Rally

    by histrionia62 Updated Jul 8, 2005

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    Second only to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, this is a big event in Gallup. You are likely to get a free ride if you volunteer to crew for one of the balloons. The website will give you info on who to call and where to go to volunteer to crew.

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    Its only a truckstop, but what a truckstop!!

    by druvincent2112 Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Pilot truckstop...20 miles east of Gallup...it's huge and it rocks...I've always found it a great stop for gas and to just browse around. they have amazing posole in the Subway Store there

    great truckstop
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    Downtown Gallup is best...

    by Routeman Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Downtown Gallup is best enjoyed on foot in the 12-block downtown area bordered by Route 66/Main Street ( north ), Hill Avenue ( south ), Fourth Street ( west ), and First Street ( east ).

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