Gallup Travel Guide

  • A colorful overlook
    A colorful overlook
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  • Hooray for the good ole USA!
    Hooray for the good ole USA!
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    The blue teepees
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Gallup Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great Native Indian Craft Markets 

  • Con
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     Still a ways east of Navajo Reservations 

  • In a nutshell
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     a gigantic trading post 

Gallup Things to Do

  • Red Rock Balloon Rally

    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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  • Annual Inter-Tribal in August is Huge!

    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...

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  • Red Rock State Park Does Weddings!

    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...

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  • Road Trip Thru Gallup

    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...

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  • Its only a truckstop, but what a...

    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

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  • El Rancho Hotel - Home Of The Movie...

    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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Gallup Restaurants

  • GREAT SALAD BAR

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Gallup Nightlife

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    by KristyB Written Jun 9, 2003

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    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 be surprised if someone points out the obvious. Last time I was there a guy came up to my friend and said, "I have nothing against you just cause you're white." Since my friend took this in stride, they ended up having a good conversation.

    With that in mind, dancing the two-step is fun. I had never done it before going here. If you go Thurs-Sat. you will have a good chance of seeing a live band and they are usually pretty good. Cheap drinks and a cheap cover make this place even more appealing.

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Gallup Shopping

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  • NATIVE INDIAN CRAFTS

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Navajo Art from the Native Makers

    I had only a few minutes to browse and buy, but I quickly recognized the very reasonable prices for the jewelry and other art available at this store. The Navajo woman held her beautiful baby and explained the source and quality of the jewelry on display. Within a few minutes, I purchased a lot of torquoise studded silver jewelry--1 bollo tie, 1...

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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...

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  • 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...

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Gallup Tourist Traps

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    Downtown Gallup

    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!

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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Gallup Favorites

  • A BIT ABOUT GALLUP

    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...

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  • ROUTE 66 - GALLUP AREA

    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...

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  • GALLUP -DOWNTOWN MURAL PROJECT

    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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