Travel Route 66 to Gallup, New Mexico

We've had the opportunity to get out on the road and explore Route 66 in New Mexico numerous times, both eastbound and westbound.

A popular stop on those road trips is the City of Gallup, in far western New Mexico, near Arizona.

Map showing the location of Gallup, New Mexico on U.S. Route 66
Map showing the location of Gallup, New Mexico on U.S. Route 66

Welcome to the City of Gallup, New Mexico ... "Most Patriotic Small Town in America"Welcome to the City of Gallup, New Mexico ... "Most Patriotic Small Town in America"

Visiting Gallup, New Mexico

Gallup is the largest city between Albuquerque and Flagstaff, and has a population of about 22,000 residents.

The city sits at an elevation of 6,512', and is known as the "Most Patriotic Small Town in America".

It is located about 140 miles west of Albuquerque, and 185 miles east of Flagstaff, and only 23 miles from the Arizona-New Mexico border.

The city is located in the middle of the Navajo Reservation.

The city was founded in 1881 as a railhead for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, and named after David Gallup, a paymaster for the railroad.

 

The railroad today remains an important industry in the city.

Because of the nearby rugged terrain, it was a popular location in the 1940s and 1950s for Hollywood Westerns and has hosted many well-known movie stars such as John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Ronald Reagan and Kirk Douglas.

El Rancho Hotel & Motel in Gallup, New MexicoEl Rancho Hotel & Motel in Gallup, New Mexico ... "Home of the Movie Stars"

Restaurants such as the famous El Rancho reflect the western and Indian influences on the town.

Today’s visitors can partake in a meal at the El Rancho or enjoy an overnight stay and tour the memorabilia-lined grand lobby.

Gallup has over 30 hotels and over 90 restaurants and is a popular stopover point for those traveling Historic Route 66.

Gallup Area Attractions

Area attractions include:

  • Manuelito Visitor Center
  • Navajo Code Talker Museum
  • Gallup Cultural Center in the historic Santa Fe Railway depot
  • Red Rock Park & Museum
  • 1928 El Morro Theatre
  • Rex Historical Museum
  • Summer nightly Indian dances at the McKinley Courthouse Square Plaza
  • Fly over Red Rock Canyons in a hot air balloon
  • High Desert mountain bike trails
  • Hike the Church Rock trail for spectacular vistas of the surrounding landscape
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • and much more

Shopping Gallup

Shopping is also a big local attraction, with 110 trading posts, shops and galleries in Gallup, making the town the undisputed Southwestern center for authentic Native American art.

Shops like the Bill Malone Trading Company, Richardson's Trading Post and others are popular shopping destinations.

Retail stores in downtown Gallup, New Mexico
Retail stores in downtown Gallup, New Mexico

Gallup Cultural Center

The Gallup Cultural Center offers diverse programming and arts that celebrate the Native American cultures that neighbor Gallup, as well as Gallup's unique history. It was created in 1996 at the historic Santa Fe Depot by the Southwest Indian Foundation

Gallup Cultural Center Website

Gallup Cultural Center in New Mexico
201 East Highway 66
Gallup, New Mexico 87301

Lodging, Dining and Attractions in Gallup ... from TripAdvisor

Barstow California Travel Guide at TripAdvisor

Gallup Hotel Directory, Traveler Reviews and Reservations

Gallup Restaurant Listings and Reviews

Gallup Attractions and Things to Do

Gallup Travel Guide


Hotel El Rancho in Gallup, New Mexico ... "Charm of Yesterday ... Convenience of Tomorrow"
Read more at the Hotel El Rancho Website
Exterior view of the Hotel El Rancho in Gallup, New Mexico Interior view of the Hotel El Rancho in Gallup, New Mexico

More Scenes & Attractions Around Gallup

Rex Historical Museum
Rex Historical Museum in Gallup, New Mexico
Gallup Cultural Center
Gallup Cultural Center in Western New Mexico
Gallup ... in Western New Mexico
Red, white and blue sign for Gallup ... in Western New Mexico
Hot air balloons over Gallup
Hot air balloons over Gallup, New Mexico
Richardson's Trading Post & Pawn
Richardson's Trading Post & Pawn in downtown Gallup, New Mexico
Murals in Gallup
Murals in Gallup, New Mexico
Famous cowboy stars at El Rancho
Famous cowboy stars at the Hotel El Rancho in Gallup, New Mexico
USA RV Park in Gallup
USA RV Park in Gallup, New Mexico
Neon sign at Jerry's Cafe
Neon sign at Jerry's Cafe in Gallup, New Mexico
Mural at Jerry's in Gallup
Mural at the parking lot at Jerry's in Gallup, New Mexico

More Information and Resources about Gallup

City of Gallup

 

VisitGallup.com ... Official Tourism Website

 

Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce

 

McKinley County

 

Gallup Main Street Arts & Cultural District

 

Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial

 

Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation

 

Weather Conditions at Gallup: Weather Underground

 

New Mexico Route 66 Association

Interactive Map of Gallup, New Mexico

 

Earlier Times: Vintage Views along Route 66 in Gallup

Earlier times on Route 66 in New Mexico: Lariat Lodge, Gallup, New Mexico

 

We have included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards dealing with Gallup and Route 66.

What was Route 66 like in its earlier years, as visitors drove through and around Gallup? What did all the service stations, motels and public buildings look like when they were new?

What did the traveling public experience on the Mother Road? We wonder such things when we travel Route 66 today.

Those earlier times in the 1930s, 40s and 50s were not always captured on film. But the use of colorful postcards was common in those decades.

These portray the historic road in its prime and help us to visualize, and appreciate, "earlier times" as we drive Route 66 today around Gallup.

Downtown Gallup, New Mexico, circa 1958
Downtown Gallup, New Mexico, circa 1958
Dine and dance at Pete's Cafe, Gallup, New Mexico
Dine and dance at Pete's Cafe, Gallup, New Mexico
Ambassador Motel
Ambassador Motel, on Route 66, west end of Gallup, New Mexico
El Capitan Motel, Gallup, New Mexico
El Capitan Motel, Gallup, New Mexico
El Navajo Hotel, Gallup, NM
El Navajo Hotel, Gallup, NM
Arrowhead Lodge Motel, Gallup
Arrowhead Lodge Motel, Gallup
Route 66 Road Trips in New Mexico
Tucumcari thru Santa Rosa to Santa Fe
Route 66 Road Trip westbound from Tucumcari through Santa Rosa to Santa Fe
Santa Fe thru Albuquerque to Gallup
Route 66 Road Trip westbound from Santa Fe through Albuquerque to Gallup

 


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