Gallup Travel Guide

  • A colorful overlook
    A colorful overlook
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  • The blue teepees
    The blue teepees
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  • Hooray for the good ole USA!
    Hooray for the good ole USA!
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Gallup Things to Do

  • Veterams Memorials

    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...

  • Sculpture

    This nice sculpture representing a Saltillo Rug was made by 3 area artists and is on display on the courthouse grounds.

  • The Gallup Murals

    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).

  • El Morro Theatre

    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...

  • Gallup Historic District and the El...

    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...

  • Nice Historical Museum in Old Hotel

    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.

  • Navajo Codetalkers

    They had a special display about the Navajo Codetalkers and their special place in World War 2 and the part they played in our nation's victory. Hours are 8 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Storyteller's Museum

    Also inside the cultural center was a museum with special items and photos showing the history and culture of nearby tribes. Hours are 8 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Gallup Cultural Center

    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...


Gallup Hotels

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  • Hampton Inn And Suites Gallup

    1460 Maloney Drive, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hampton Inn Gallup-West

    111 Twin Buttes, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Comfort Suites Gallup

    3940 E. Historic Highway 66, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Gallup Restaurants

  • Great Breakfast on Old Route 66

    $8 as of June 2014. This place does not look like much on the outside but the breakfast is good, the portions adequate and the staff friendly. A good place to stop along old Route 66 that looks like it could have been here back then. Hours are 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday and 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday. Frequently packed so you may have to wait...

  • Great Steakhouse With Other Great Items...

    $17 as of June 2014. This is advertised as the premier steakhouse in New Mexico. Not sure if it is THE best; but it was pretty good. I did not have steak, I had Pasta with Shrimp and a nice sauce. The food was better than average and plentiful enough. The bread and soup was a good prelude to the meal. Decor was nice too. I liked my waitress,...


    Friday, September 25, 3009We got settled into our Motel, now it was time to look for a bite to eat. All along Hwy 491, it was like restaurant row in Gallup. We chose SIZZLER because of its great salad & dessert bar and they had a great Senior offer of 6 ounce steak, all-you-can-eat salad bar and beverages of your choice all for $10.99. The steak...

  • A taste of real mexican food

    The food is excellant! The place is a little small but the enchiladas and rellenos are to die for. Have luck trying to get a seat, because the place is so popular with the locals it's almost sure to be full. Green chilie Rellenos. The relleno is a long green chillie stuffed with cheese then fried in an egg and flour batter, and it's served with a...

  • Greek? In Gallup? You betcha.

    An eclectic menu, featuring local dishes, Greek and Italian. Decor kind of chain-like, but the wait staff was very entertaining. Our waiter ended up comparing his hickies with those being sported by one of our group who had just been treated by a Navajo Medicine Man. Long story.We noticed that Eggplant Parmesan was in the poultry section of the...

  • Homestyle and Handcrafts

    The food is OK, but the real attraction of Earl's is that local vendors ply their trade between the tables as you eat. From what I hear, this is almost the only place in Gallup itself where you are likely to be buying from the people who make the jewellry, pots, etc, rather than some middleman. Of course, if you're really concerned about this,...


Gallup Nightlife

  • Great Place to Hang Out for a Bit

    Sammy C's is a combination sports bar, rock and roll bar, pub, etc. It is a popular hangout for young locals, too. Voted one of the "Top 101 Sports Bars" by AAA. Not bad for a place to have a drink and meet some locals. Sonny C's also has a full service food menu with steaks, chops, seafood, Italian, Mexican etc.

  • Dancing to the two-step and club music

    Before walking into this nightclub you must be prepared for the scene and expect anything could happen here. Depending on your ethnicity, you will most likely be a minority. If you are white, you will stick out the most, but don't let that get to you, after all, this is "Indian Country", as the locals call it.It really is a friendly place and don't...

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Gallup Shopping

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  • Shop For Souvenirs!

    Richardson's was established here as a trading post in 1913 and still operates today. It is one of the many places where you can stop and buy souvenirs, authentic Navajo, Hopi and Zuni goods, and just look around. (Rugs and Jewelry)


    There are at least 100 Trading Posts, Shops and Galleries in Gallup, making the town the undisputed Southwestern Center for Original Native American Art.Route 66 (Main Street) and Coal Avenue are the principle sites of most Gallery and Trading Post activity in Gallup. I stopped and looked inside of ORTEGA'S GALLUP INDIAN MARKET which is right on...

  • Native American Flea Market

    The flea market is an open air space of dirt north of town where vendors gather every Saturday. The collections jewelry, raw agates, other tribal art, and food is outstanding. Feel free to bargain for jewelry here. I was particularly impressed by the "kneel down bread" and other foods made by the Native Americans of this region, and found this...


Gallup Local Customs

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    by LoriPori Written Oct 13, 2009

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    As Gallup is considered the center of Indian America, the largest gathering of Native Peoples occurs here every August. Established in 1922, the GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL is held at Red Rock State Park, Thursday through Sunday. The Inter-Tribal begins at night with the entrance of a Navajo Medicine man and his sons. The Medicine Man starts the sacred fire and ceremonial torches are lit from this fire.
    Ceremonial dances and traditional drumming are all part of this spectacle.

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Gallup Warnings and Dangers

  • Not Safe for Women

    Women should probably not travel alone in Gallup. While most locals seem to stick to themselves and mind their own business, you do get quite a few who seem to be a little too friendly, to the point where one feels unsafe - and that was during the daytime. At night, lone women travelers would be best to stay in your room as there are hardly any...

  • Beware of Driving at night on 264 and...

    The only warning I can think of is not to drive on Hwy 264 towards Window Rock or on Hwy 491 (formerly Hwy 666) at night unless you really have to. There are two reasons for this that are both equally important. 1.) Drunk drivers and bad medians: there is absolutely no medians in between you and oncoming traffic on many areas of these highway. Many...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Gallup Tourist Traps

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    by lovemycacti Written Feb 26, 2004

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    I was not impressed with shopping in Gallup. The websites make it sound as if it were a shopping paradise for Native American arts boasting over 100 trading posts. What they don't tell you, is an underlying sadness that you can feel on some of the Natives faces.

    My mother is a Six Nations Iroqouis/Mohawk and I am a Metis. I was saddened to see the American Indians taking their heirlooms into pawn shops for quick cash, then watching as older, predomintately white tourists gobbled up the goods. I felt disgusted and ill.

    I tried to justify the need for such pawn shops, thinking that obviously the Natives needed the money to survive, but like many reserves I quickly came to realize alcoholism is a large problem here.

    Their beautiful mural on the posts downtown even had a shadow move over it as one local told me I shouldn't sit in this area, as at night it is where the Natives get drunk and pass out there.

    The other upsetting thing is the high-frequency of goods in shops that come across with an American Indian flair - only to turn the product around with a big ol' "Made in China" sticker slapped on the back.

    Know the laws when buying goods labelled Native American Indian arts and don't get scammed for an imitation!

    Downtown Gallup

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Gallup Off The Beaten Path

  • Church Rock

    Just outside of Gallup is a Navajo Chapter House called Church Rock. The "rock" itself is in its own park just off Highway 666. To reach the top takes about an hour, if you've been there before, and about two hours to the average tourist. The web site I list just show a picture of it and a brief description.Note: You do not have to be a trained...

  • Crownpoint Rug Auction

    Fantastic Navajo rugs for great prices. This is held in Crownpoint NM, it is attended by many dealers, so get there early so you can look over the rugs before they are auctioned. They auction hundreds of rugs each night it is held and it goes fast!Most importantly, the sale price of the rug goes right to the weaver the night of the auction. You...

  • Surreal "Star Wars" landscape

    Bisti De Na Zin Wilderness area is about 2 hours from Gallup. It has petrified logs, dinosaur bones, surreal landscaping, and is just in the middle of nowhere (that's a good thing). All I can say is if you like strange rock formations then you must visit this area. Bring water and food because there isn't anything around there where you can get it....


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    Called the "Indian Capital of the World, as GALLUP, NEW MEXICO is located in the Heart of Native Indian lands - Navajo - Zuni - Hopi - many other smaller tribes.Gallup lies on Interstate 40 (Historic Route 66) 139 miles west of Albuquerque and 25 miles east of the Arizona border.Gallup is the largest Indian Center in the Southwest and the...


    Gallup, New Mexico is one of the ROUTE 66 towns. We did a bit of Historic Route 66, which today is just a shadow of itself now and is incorporated into Highway 40. We drove through bits of Route 66 through the towns of Santa Rosa, Grants and Gallup. We stopped at one old Gas Station a few miles before Santa Rosa. I went inside and it was full of...


    The ambitious DOWNTOWN MURAL PROJECT goal is to retell the story of Gallup, New Mexico through a series of Murals on wall spaces throughout Downtown. The Murals are best seen by taking a walking tour.The Murals depict some of the city's proudest and saddest moments. The Artists were selected through a rigorous process overseen by Gallup Fine Arts...


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