Gallup, New Mexico is a truly authentic representation of adventure steeped in culture. Gallup is special because of its diverse population and rich history of Indigenous Peoples which goes back thousands of years. Gallup is where the crossroads of cultures between Indigenous Peoples, western flair and tradition, Route 66, and the transcontinental railroad meet. With daily flights from Pheonix Sky Harbor directly to Gallup, your next adventure is a quick flight away.
Gallup is the source for authentic Native American jewelry, art, and culture. The Gallup Cultural Center, 201 E. Highway 66, is a great location to learn more about the service of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II, the importance of the railroad in the United States, and see beautiful art, among the many other offerings. The Cultural Center has a café and shopping opportunities. It is a great stop to learn more about the rich history of the region and fuel up before heading to your next activity.
The Red Rock Balloon Rally, held in December, is another important and longstanding tradition in the community. It is one of the largest balloon rallies in the region, and one of the only events in which participants – and skilled balloon pilots – can fly through canyons, over mesas, and take in the wonders of the landscape. This event also features dances by Indigenous groups. It is a stunning sight to watch the dances lit by a campfire with shadows flickering onto the gorgeous towering stone walls of Red Rock Park.
Go to VisitGallup.com to start planning your trip. You can book a hotel room, plan your itinerary, and follow custom or pre-built tours. The Gallup Tourism Office is here to help.