Gallup lies along I-40, formerly the famous Route 66, just 22 miles from the Arizona border. At last count, Gallup had 42 restaurants and over 1,700 motel rooms.
Gallup is probably best known today for the Indian jewelry and crafts that is sold in many of the stores in town. Native American crafts are a large part of the Gallup economy.
Gallup and nearby Grants is the gateway to the Zuni Pueblo, the El Morro National Monument and Bandera Volcano and the Ice Caves. Red Rock State Park is also close by and is the site of much of the Intertribal Indian Ceremonial which is the biggest event of the year in Gallup. During the Indian Cerimonial which occurs in the first half of Aug. each year, there are daily performances each evening.
The Gallup Flea Market draws people on Saturdays from all over the
Four Corners. Among the regular booths are Navajo herbalists,
jewelry vendors, and people offering Zuni bread baked in the beehive
shaped ovens called hornos. The flea market is a good place to start if you wanting to buy some turquoise jewelry, Acoma pottery, or Navajo rugs.
The Gallup Independent is the local newspaper and a good source for news about
For a nice little hike, drive a couple of miles east to Red Rock State Park and take the Church Rock Trail which sets out from the Outlaw Trading Post. It's an easy hike through a small canyon between slickrock cliffs. The Museum at Red Rocks is also worth a visit.
In nearby Crownpoint, the Crownpoint Rug Auction is the primary source for Navajo rugs and crafts. Before and during this regular auction, Native American artists offer their beautiful work at excellent prices. For auction dates, visit their website at; www.crownpointrugauction.com