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About The Cover A section of the “Gallup Community Life” mural painted by artist Eric Leon Sarracino depicts the multicultural diversity that is at the heart of the City of Gallup. The mural is located in the City Hall Courtyard at 110 East Aztec. Cover photo by Joe Burgess.

FEATURES GALLUP - Rediscover Route 66 The historic “mother road” is alive and well in Gallup, which has never relocated its business district since it was built. Join us as we leave the bustling interstate highway and enjoy the hospitality, slower pace and area activities available along old Route 66.

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MainStreet Gallup Celebrating 81 Years Map of Gallup Fun Facts and Statistics DowntownWalking Tours The City of Murals Gallup Pawn Collecting Native American Art Gallup Art Area Adventures Gallup’s High Desert Trail System Area Events 59th Annual Lions Club Rodeo Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo 14th Annual “Wild Thing” Championship Bull Riding 86th Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Gallup Inter-Cultural Film Festival 27th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally Map of Four Corners Area Native Heritage Trail Byway The R.C. Gorman Library Collection at Dine´ College The Pueblos of Acoma and Laguna El Morro and Ramah

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DAY T O U R 1 :

CANYON DE CHELLY Ancient ruins nestle in the sheer red cliffs, while modern-day Navajo people raise crops and livestock on the verdant floor of this amazing canyon.


DAY T O U R 2 :

SCENIC ROUTE 53 On a tour that loops over the Continental Divide, a trail of natural wonders awaits travelers on historic Highway 53.


DAY T O U R 3 :

PUEBLO OF ZUNI No village in North America has a higher concentration of skilled artisans than Zuni Pueblo, just a short drive from Gallup.


DAY T O U R 4 :

TIMELESS CHACO CANYON Visit a land of history and mystery. Tour the ruins of a complex prehistoric society that left an unsolved riddle behind.


DAY T O U R 5 :

WINDOW ROCK AND HUBBELL TRADING POST Tour the capitol of the Navajo Nation, and visit a trading post that has been in continuous operation since 1878.

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V I S I T O R ’ S


Published exclusively for The City of Gallup as a supplement to the New Mexico Traveler

City of Gallup Elected Officials Harry Mendoza Mayor William Nechero City Councilor-District 1 Allan Landavazo City Councilor-District 2 Patrick Butler City Councilor-District 3 John J. Azua City Councilor-District 4 Eric Honeyfield City Manager George Kozeliski City Manager Larry Binkley Assistant City Manager Director of Administrative Services Gallup Development Commission Glen Benefield Director



Dear Guest, Gallup, New Mexico is a gateway to adventure in many forms. On behalf of its citizens and the Gallup City Council, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our city and surrounding areas.

Executive Committee Sandy Chavez Charles High Dr. Peter Tempest

Long recognized as an international source for Native American art, Gallup

Exofficios Prakash Sundaram Herb Mosher Tim T. Hagaman

Laguna Pueblos. Be sure to attend our Outdoor Summer Nightly Indian

Members at Large Mohammad Aysheh Barry Butler Sammy Chioda Dave Dallago, Jr. Doug Decker Claudia Klesert Paul McCollum Jackie McKinney Lisa Rodriguez Brad Vergien Raymond Yazzie Brett Newberry Mary Ann Armijo

features more than 100 shops teeming with handcrafted silver and turquoise jewelry, pottery and world-famous Navajo rugs. Join us as we celebrate the cultures of our neighbors, the Navajo Nation and the Hopi, Zuni, Acoma and Dances and the nation’s premier Native American event, the Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Outdoor enthusiasts can consider taking a hot air balloon ride among fantastic rock formations or exploring our world-class venues for hiking, mountain biking or rock climbing. More than 20 pieces of intriguing public art are scattered throughout Gallup for your enjoyment, and historic Route 66 runs right through the center of town. Sample our wide variety of restaurants and cuisines, including some of the best Mexican food in the Southwest. Thank you for choosing Gallup as your business or recreational destination!


Rediscover Route 66

For the past 81 years, every car or truck that has driven through Gallup, New Mexico in any direction has crossed the Mother Road, historic Route 66, which once stretched continuously from Chicago to Los Angeles. Presently a hundred railroad trains a day trace the original Route 66 through town, and the proud old road remains the single east-west thoroughfare through Gallup’s 14-mile city limits. The town’s business district has never relocated since it was built. Settled in 1881, Gallup was always a business hub. Coal from local mines was shipped to towns across the country, and Gallup merchants provided for the needs of miners, railroad workers, reservation dwellers and local families. The town also did a brisk business with the traveling public, since it was 135 miles from the next source of food and lodging.



Imsep pretu tempu revol bileg rokam revoc tephe rosve Even so, Route 66 brought changes in the form of motels, campgrounds, movie houses, gas stations, drive-in restaurants and increased marketing of Native American-made products. America was in love with the automobile, and Gallup welcomed the motoring public with such hospitality that parking meters were never installed along its main street, the stretch of Route 66 then known as Railroad Avenue. The passing years brought the colorful neon signs associated with the era, which are still part of our cityscape. Today, the area is a growing destination for rock climbers and mountain bikers. It is estimated that 85 percent of the entire world’s trade in Native American arts and crafts is distributed through Gallup area businesses. Every local street still dead-ends on Route 66 and the town still welcomes hundreds of motorists each day. So why not rediscover Route 66? Leave the busy interstate highway, take in the desert scenery, stretch your legs and enjoy a meal. Browse the world’s greatest selection of Native American crafts, and check out our contemporary fine arts community, world-class entertainment and historic culture.

inset, left: Gallup is proud of its National Guardsmen and honors units returning from the Iraq War. opposite: Businesses remained on Historic Route 66 when the Interstate Highway bypassed Gallup. inset, right: Outdoor art can be found throughout the city from large murals to this small metal cutout embedded on a boulder. right: Hot air balloons float past Church Rock during the colorful Red Rock Balloon Rally. below, right: The entrance to the Children’s Library on Aztec Avenue. below, left: The downtown Gallup walkway between Coal and Aztec Avenues is a gathering place for everything from chile cookoffs to farmers markets.

Photo© Ken Barber

You’re always welcome in Gallup.

MainStreet Gallup

Two Gallup organizations working together to promote downtown business development are the Gallup MainStreet Project and the El Morro Theater. The weekend of last September 30th the two combined their efforts to provide a downtown extravaganza for residents and visitors alike, as the MainStreet Program hosted Picante Gigante and the El Morro celebrated its Grand Reopening. The events were part of “A Festival of Gallup,” an eight-day fiesta that showcased 16 events in all. The festival began on Friday the 29th and wrapped up on Saturday of the following weekend with the annual Festival of Cultures – formerly A Taste of Gallup – at the Courthouse Square. A fiery time was enjoyed by all at Picante Gigante, MainStreet’s First Annual Chili Cook-Off. Held in Gallup’s Downtown Walkway, the event featured a car show, chili cook-off, live music, face painting, vendors, a beer tent and lots of fabulous food. Standing in the center of downtown Gallup, the grand and historic El Morro Theater originally opened in 1928. The theater celebrated its Grand Reopening last September after undergoing a major renovation. Events included performances of the melodrama “Daughters of the Desert,” a performance by earth-rock band Blue Stone Project and the Gallup Inter-Cultural Film Festival. The revitalized El Morro facility features new seating and carpeting, new lighting and sound systems and central heating and air conditioning. Other improvements are ongoing. Theater seating for 471 people includes an ADA approved 88-seat area with wheelchair access. A new listening assistance system utilizes transmitters and wireless earpieces, allowing hearing-impaired patrons to sit anywhere in the building. Along with a full calendar of special events, the El Morro hosts movies each Saturday evening beginning around 6:00 and children’s matinees on Saturdays at 1:00. The theater is also working to develop itself as an increasingly popular venue for live performing arts. For theater schedules and more information, contact Beverly at 505-726-0050. For more information on the MainStreet Program and the upcoming 2007 Picante Gigante, call Sarah at 505-863-1274. inset: The entertainment gets lively as the chile competition heats up in the downtown Gallup walkway. middle:El Morro Theater underwent a massive renovation resulting in an impressive performing arts theater for Gallup.



Celebrating 81 Years From the shores of Lake



Chicago, old two-lane Route 66 crossed eight states and three time zones to reach the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, California. Also known as the Main Street of America and the Will Rogers Highway, the old Mother Road didn't “bypass” anything; it ran right through the middle of every town on the route, including Gallup, New Mexico. One of the jewels of Route 66, then and now, is Gallup’s fantastic El Rancho Hotel, the “Home of the


S t a r s . ” Opened 1937,

in the

hotel became a


home and headquarters for Hollywood celebrities who worked on the many western movies filmed in the area. Designated a National Historic Site, today’s El Rancho still offers accommodations to travelers. In the Gallup area, you can follow Historic Route 66 westward from the Red Rock State Park turnoff east of town. Stay on the northern frontage road – NM118, Route 66 – as it crosses under I-40 and parallels the railroad tracks.

Neon galore prevailed along the Mother Road as seen here on the Chamber of Commerce (top, middle) and the historic El Rancho Hotel (above).


STATISTICS Latitude: 35.528N Longitude: -108.74W Gallup is a city in McKinley County and is the county seat. Gallup is on the Rio Puerco, near Navajo, Hopi (Arizona), and Zuni reservations. Population, from the 2004 Census Total: 20,209 White: 8,106 Black: 219 Hispanic or Latino: 6,699 American Indian/Alaska Native: 7,404 Asian: 289 Native Hawaiian: 19 Other: 2,985 Two or more races: 1,187 On Historic Route 66 Historic sites and museums: Red Rock Museum, Rex Museum and The Gallup Cultural Center Museum Nearby parks & recreation: Red Rock State Park Colleges and Universities: University of New MexicoGallup Branch, Western New Mexico UniversityGallup Campus Listed places in Gallup: Accommodations (40), Libraries (4), Museums (3), Newspapers (3), Magazines (1) Churches and Religious Organizations (83) Baptist (12) Catholic (15) Methodist (3) Christian (14) Lutheran (1) Presbyterian (3) Assemblies of God (5) Ministries (1) Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints (8) Mosque (1)

A GLIMPSE OF GALLUP FUN FACTS AND INTERESTING ITEMS There is no doubt that Gallup is a unique city, but there are more things that make it so than meet the eye. Here are a few facts you might find interesting:



One of the dishes on the menu at the El Rancho Hotel Restaurant is the “Ronald Reagan”- that’s a big half-pound burger with bacon, cheese and a side order of jellybeans.

There are no designations like North Gallup or South Gallup, but the city is neatly split in half by railroad right of way and Historic Route 66. The invisible line runs completely through Gallup from end to end. The two halves of the city do not touch at any point.

PAINT THE TOWN Gallup has more pieces of WPA artwork than any other city in New Mexico.

“A SPIRIT OF ONENESS” Gallup is a melting pot of nationalities and cultures. Races and national backgrounds represented here include Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Italian, Croatian, Polish, Greek, Dutch, Japanese, African American, Indian and Palestinian, to name a few.

KEEP THE CHANGE The city of Gallup has no parking meters.This is highly unusual among towns located on old Route 66, where busy municipal meters once harvested millions of dollars in nickels and dimes.

For your



800-242-4282 GVG8


A CITY THAT SWELLS Gallup’s population is 22,000 but on weekends it is not unusual for the city to host over 100,000 visitors from the surrounding trade area.

KICKS ON 66 When it was finally decommissioned in 1985, old Route 66 had been on hard times for years. As the Interstate Highways gradually replaced it, the old Mother Road became broken into segments. Some are surrounded by desert now; others are only blocks long. But the Mother Road is as elegant as ever in Gallup, New Mexico. Historic Route 66 still runs completely through town in one smooth, easy cruise.







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Gallup is located at the junction of I-40, US491 and NM602, in the heart of Indian Country, 138 miles west of Albuquerque and 36 miles north of Zuni. MORE INFORMATION

Gallup Visitors and Information Center, located in the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Commerce Building, 103 West Historic Route 66, Gallup, NM 87301 800-242-4282








Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce 103 W. Hwy. 66 505-722-2228 or 1-800-380-4989 Gallup Visitors Center (located at the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Commerce) 505-863-3841 or 1-800-242-4282 City Hall 110 W. Aztec Ave. 505-863-1254 McKinley County Offices 207 W. Hill Ave. 505-722-3868 Octavia Fellin Public Library • 115 W. Hill Ave. 505-863-1291 Rex Museum 300 W. Hwy 66 505-863-1363 Gallup Cultural Center 201 E. Hwy. 66 505-863-4131



Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, 226 W. Coal, Gallup, NM 87301 505-863-3896 800-233-4528 Red Rock Park, P.O. Box 10, Church Rock, NM 87311 505-722-3839

Rex Museum



U.S. Post Office 500 S. 2nd 505-722-5265

14. Fitness Center 700 Old Zuni Road 505-722-7271


Gallup Municipal Golf Course 1109 Susan Ave. 505-863-9224

15. Rio West Mall 1300 W. Frontage Rd. 505-722-7281

Motor Vehicle Division 1710 E. Aztec Ave. 505-863-3847

10. Police Dept. 451 State Rd. 564 505-722-2231 11. Aquatic Center 620 Boardman Ave. 505-726-5460 12. Larry B. Mitchell Recreation Center 700 Montoya Blvd. 505-722-2619 13. Harold Runnels Pool Complex 720 E. Wilson 505-722-7107

Take a look! Gallup has more than Native American arts to entice visitors to our downtown area!

Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce 505-722-2228 800-380-4989



Downtown Walking Tours

16. Red Rock State Park I-40 Exit 33 West I-40 Exit 26 East 505-722-3839 17. University of New Mexico Gallup Campus 200 College Road 505-863-7500 18. Western New Mexico University Gallup Campus 2055 State Hwy. 602 505-722-3389 19. Veterans Memorial Park Buena Vista Ave. 505-722-5097 20. Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services 1901 Red Rock Drive 505-863-7000

A tin ceiling and wonderful aroma of historic wooden floors delight the senses in this old-fashioned dry goods store. From boots and Pendleton blankets to premium adult Stetson hats, Zimmerman’s can outfit the entire family with quality western wear at a price that will fit your pocketbook. 216 West 66 Ave. 505-863-3142 Housed in one of Gallup’s hundred-year-old stone buildings, the museum displays memorabilia of our community’s railroad and coal mining history. Authentic mine records, furnishings and photographs offer a glimpse into Gallup’s historic beginnings. The building itself is the former home of the Rex Hotel, which was well known in its day. 300 West 66 Ave. 505-863-1363

Gallup Courthouse Square This walkthrough to our recently remodeled McKinley County Courthouse is a must see. The original building is a WPA facility with beautiful artwork, murals and furnishings produced during President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. The walkthrough is dedicated to all area veterans of the 20th century. 213 West Coal Avenue.

El Morro Theater This beautiful old building was built in 1926 as a showcase theatrical house. An example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture, it included a balcony, stage, curtains and plush seats for an audience of 650. Restored and refurbished in the late 1980s and 2006, the theater is used for civic events, lectures, community activities and screenings of selected films. 207 West Coal. 505-726-2048

Comcast Building Completed in 1933, this former U.S. Post Office was the first WPA building project in New Mexico. The solid brick structure is also the first Pueblo Revival style federal building in the United States. Although some of the murals have been painted over, the building trim and unique light fixtures are all original. 201 South First Street. 505-863-9334 305


the city of murals

Photo © Gary Langston

Gallup's well-known outdoor murals have been a featured attraction for well over half of the city's 126-year history. Beginning in the 1930s with the famous WPA murals, the offering of publicly accessible outdoor works of art is a proud tradition here. In the community spirit of ongoing support for the arts, Gallup civic leaders instituted an initiative to continue that tradition in 2004. Three years earlier, muralist Be Sargent had completed the well-known “Navajo Code Talkers' Mural” with the help of Octavia Fellin, Larry Foster, the late Mary Gorman, Zonnie Gorman, Colleen Marchand, Navajo Code Talker Albert Smith and Albert’s wife Helen. Now, forward-looking urban planners and others envisioned an entire series of contemporary murals, all painted by local artists and depicting some aspect of area history or community life and culture. Mayor Bob Rosebrough and the City Council issued a call for proposals resulting in the creation of the new murals. Mural sites on eight publicly and privately owned buildings were selected for their locations and visibility. Submissions were opened to all artists living within a 50mile radius of Gallup, and Be Sargent was chosen to coordinate the project. The results of the yearlong City of Gallup Downtown Mural Project are spectacularly evident to all who view the works of art. Ranging from super-realistic to semi-abstract in style, the murals delight the eye with images both serene and tumultuous. While they are certainly large enough to be impressive and well detailed, they do not seek to intimidate or overpower the viewer with their respective sizes, but to use the space to communicate their messages. Indicating the expertise of their creators, the meticulously rendered paintings are likewise able to display a brilliant range of colors without appearing garish. What may be more impressive than the variety of viewpoints and techniques or the sheer visual enjoyment of the images are the painstaking depictions of the stories that the muralists tell. “Gallup Community Life” by Eric Leon Saracino and the “Great Gallup Mural” by Paul Newman inset: Be Sargent’s “The Navajo Code Talkers” mural on Second St. middle: “Zuni”, by artist Geddy Epaloose on the Octavia Fellin Library on Second St. bottom: “Long Walk Home” by Richard K. Yazzie on Third and Hill Streets.



Photo by Gary Langston

Photo © Light Language Studio

top, left: “Multi-Cultural Woman’s Mural” by Erica Rae Sykes on the Children’s Library facing Aztec Avenue. middle, left: “Coal Mining Era” by Andrew Butler on the American Bar alleyway between Second and Third Streets. middle, right: “Native American Trading” by Chester Kahn on the Joe Tanner Building at the corner of Third Street and Coal Avenue. left: “Gallup Community Life” by Eric Leon Sarracino on the east-facing wall of City Hall on Aztec Avenue. opposite, top: “Great Gallup” by Paul Newman assisted by Steve Heil on the westfacing wall of City Hall on Aztec Avenue. opposite, middle: “Ceremonial” by artist Irving Bahe on the Ceremonial Building facing Coal Avenue.

location of murals It’s an easy and interesting historic walk through the downtown area of Gallup. The following eight new murals are designated as the PARADE OF MURALS, and can be seen as follows:

Artist photos by Milan Sklenar



1. Great Gallup

3. Zuni

5. Multi-Cultural

by artist Paul Newman assisted by Steve Heil on the west-facing wall of City Hall, located on Aztec Avenue and South Second Street.

by artist Geddy Epaloose, located at the Octavia Fellin Public Library on Second Street.

Women’s Mural by artist Erica Rae Sykes, located at the Children’s Library on Aztec Avenue

2. Gallup Community

4. Long Walk Home

6. Native American

Life by artist Eric Leon Sarracino on the eastfacing wall of City Hall, located on Aztec Avenue & S. Second St.

by artist Richard K. Yazzie, located on Third and Hill Streets.

Trading by artist Chester Kahn, located at the Joe Tanner Building on the corner of Third Street and Coal Avenue.

with Steve Heil both express the uniqueness that is life in Gallup while utilizing different narrative graphic techniques. The “Coal Mining Era Mural” by Andrew Butler uses only the vibrant primary colors to recount the labor struggles of that era. It is painted in an alley where one of the historic events actually occurred. The “Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Mural” by Irving Bahl celebrates the history and attractions of that proud annual event, and includes images symbolic to the Navajo people. Richard K. Yazzie used the four sacred Navajo colors as backgrounds for the “Long Walk Home Mural.” The fields of color carry the viewer through the story of the imprisonment of the tribe and its eventual release back to its homeland, now a reservation. The richly detailed storyline of Geddy Epaloose’s “Zuni Mural” runs from south to north, like the road from Zuni to Gallup. The mutual trust so historically crucial between traders and Native American artisans is carefully explored in the “Native American Trading Mural” by Chester Kahn. * Dream-like images honor area women as storytellers and keepers of cultural tradition in the “Women’s Multi-Cultural Mural” by Erica Rae Sykes. Though not officially a part of the recently completed Parade of Murals, the work of art that started it all is Be Sargent’s “Navajo Code Talkers’ Mural,” which pays tribute to the Native American specialists of the United States Marine Corps who devised an oral code during World War II that was never broken.

7. Coal Mining Era by artist Andrew Butler, located on Coal Avenue on the American Bar alleyway, between Second and Third Streets.

8. Ceremonial by artist Irving Bahe, located on the Ceremonial Building between Second and Third Streets on Coal Avenue.


Gallup Pawn Gallup’s Alternative Banking

More than a century before commercial banks began placing ATM machines at grocery and chain stores, Native American families in the Gallup area were able to do their banking at the same locations where they purchased groceries and sold their products. The arrival of the railroads in the Southwest during the 1880s ushered in a new era of commerce that continues to thrive here in the 21st century. The Southwestern trading posts, which made Native American arts and crafts available worldwide, evolved into complex business operations. With all business transacted under one roof, each trading post became a regional social center, wholesale buyer, department and grocery store, financial institution and link to the outside world for the people of the area. Access to an international market and standardized business practices helped traders ensure that Native American artists and craftspeople received a fair wholesale price for their products. Business prospered and everyone benefited, but the situation was not without its problems. Artisans needed the raw materials of their crafts as well as sustenance while they handmade their labor-intensive products. Cash was often hard to come by, and commercial banks scarcely existed in this part of the country. Under such circumstances, even the simplest of transactions could become a major undertaking. Trading posts had vaults for safe storage of valuables, so it was natural that a singular and fascinating alternative banking system would soon develop. It was known as the pawn system, and like the trading posts themselves, it remains an important part of community life today. As the industry grew, trading posts were able to offer cash advances and short-term loans to artisans. Traders accepted handmade items, which were called pawn, as collateral and returned them to the owner upon repayment of the loan. Mitigating shortages of ready currency, some even minted their own “money” in the form of metal tokens made to each trader’s individual specifications. Perhaps the most important aspect of Gallup’s pawn system was that it was self-regulating, and shows us an example of the best aspects of the free enterprise system. Without governmental regulation and oversight, mutual trust is absolutely critical to business and financial relationships. Dishonest practices simply result in an inability to continue doing business. At the trading posts of the Southwest, business was done on a handshake. Traders and Native American families considered themselves to be each other’s business partners to such an extent that trading relationships have been handed down through successive generations by both sides. Today, traders descended from traders conduct business much as their ancestors did, and have maintained relationships with three or four generations of some of the same Native American families. A demonstration of the mutual trust shared by traders and artisans is the fact that traditionally, only a small percentage of pawn – collateral – ever goes unclaimed by a borrower. Even so, the quantity of merchandise that can accumulate over more than a century of trading is considerable, and makes pawn vaults excellent sources of reasonably priced, top quality handmade items. inset, left: A magnificent squash blossom necklace of turquoise and silver. above: A grouping of fine Native American products show the depth of Indian artisans. opposite: A few of Gallup’s established traders include the Mattie and Bill Richardson family of Richardson Trading, Patti and Steve Harper of Gallup Trading, Ethel Davis, Sheree Stauder and Lola Fertig of Rainbird Pawn & Trading, Lynn and Ellis Tanner of Ellis Tanner Trading, Joe Milosevich with Joe Milo’s White Water Trading, and Don Tanner with Shush Yaz Trading.



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• Velvet Fashions

• Blanket Coats

• Moccasins

• Native Music

• Leather Goods

• Navajo Gifts

• Home Decorations • Collectable Arts

Mon.-Fri. 9 to 6 • Sat. 10 to 5

815 W. Coal Ave. Gallup, NM 87301 505.722.6837 • 800.377.6837


Collecting native american art

Genuine Native American-made arts and crafts are objects of intrinsic value and enduring beauty that can be collected and treasured over generations. In order to maximize the enjoyment of owning such items, it is well worth the effort for casual purchasers as well as serious collectors to become knowledgeable shoppers. While the vast majority of merchants dealing in Native American goods are scrupulously honest, consumers should be aware that a world market in fraudulent imitations does exist. In the U.S., falsely representing imitations is illegal, which makes the practice of ‘buying American’ one of the easiest steps toward ensuring authenticity. The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, a truth-in-advertising law, prohibits misrepresentation in the marketing of counterfeit Native American products within this country. The penalties are stiff, including possible prison time for individual first offenders and fines up to $1 million for businesses. Despite such high stakes, however, millions of dollars worth of counterfeits are sold annually. The practice not only harms consumers but also undermines the livelihoods of Native American artisans and honest merchants. American businesses purchase products from around the world, of course, and it is not a crime to resell those products so long as the location of origin is not misrepresented. Likewise, labeling a product with a phrase such as “Native American Inspired” is not prohibited, so is important to pay attention to terminology. The item is only considered genuine if one or more Native Americans have done all the work involved in creating it. Observation and common sense also play a part in the purchase of genuine items. Native American jewelry, for example, is handmade, not mass-produced. Although several pieces in a display may be very similar, they will not be completely identical. Other indications of fraud that savvy shoppers look for include signs that country-of-origin stickers or markings have been removed. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) of the U.S Department of Interior promotes the economic development of Native Americans belonging to federally recognized tribes by expanding the genuine native arts and crafts market. The IACB also provides a venue for inset: Knowing the authenticity of a Native American piece like this unique belt is critical to protecting your investment. above: Genuine Native American products tend to appreciate in value over time.



consumers to report suspected violations of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 by calling toll free: (888) ART-FAKE. An excellent and elaborate website





at gives shoppers all the facts they need to know to buy with confidence. Since crooks usually aren’t in business in the same place for very long, another way to buy with confidence is to know your dealer, who should be well

IACA Symbol

established. For more than a century the world has

The most valuable benefit of membership is identification with an organization that symbolizes authenticity, quality, and integrity in Native American arts & crafts. Use of the IACA logo assures buyers, customers and other interested persons that members adhere to the high standards of the industry and that they can purchase authentic Native American handmade arts with confidence. Membership in IACA also provides members with the satisfaction that they are helping preserve America’s only truly indigenous art.

relied on the Gallup area’s traders to provide the best in genuine artistry and craftsmanship by the Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and other tribal artisans of the Southwest. To make that possible, successive generations of traders have worked together with generations of Native American families in a partnership that created a cooperative free enterprise environment based on mutual trust and personal honor. For Native American arts and crafts today, smart shoppers still go to Gallup.

About IACA The Indian Arts & Crarfts Association is an international non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the effective protection and ethical promotion of authentic Native American art and material culture. IACA was formed in 1974 to help buyers locate reliable sources of authentic Indian arts and crafts and to assist American Indian artists and artisans. It is the only organization of its kind representing the interests of the Native American arts and crafts industry. Its goals are to preserve the unique character of Native American art and to protect artists and consumers alike against unauthorized reproduction and misrepresentation of Native American arts and crafts. IACA is incorporated under the laws of the State of New Mexico and headquarted in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The day to day operations of the Association are conducted by a small professional staff.

Membership At present, there are approximately 800 IACA members located throughout the United States and numerous foreign countries. Its membership includes North American Indian artists and craftspeople, wholesale dealers, retail shops and galleries, Indian art collectors, museums, libraries, publishing houses, federal agencies and other organizations and individuals concerned with the preservation and promotion of Indian art forms. Membership for artist/craftpeople is restricted to those individuals who are members of a federal or state recognized tribe.

inset: Reputable Gallup traders know the origin of their products and protect their customers. above: There is no other display of Navajo rugs like the collection at Toadlena Trading Post & Museum north of Gallup.




annual inter-tribal indian ceremonial

Ceremonial Indian Dancers Contest Pow-Wow Indoor & Outdoor Marketplace


Juried Art Show All Indian Rodeo

Phone: 505-863-3896

Downtown Parades Native Foods

Photo © Joe Burgess

Craft Demonstrations

202 West Coal Ave. Gallup, New Mexico 87301-5353

A Historic Landmark...“Home of the Movie Stars”

Restaurant • Lounge • Banquet & Meeting Rooms • Armand Ortega’s Indian Shop 505-863-9311 800-543-6351 GVG18


El Rancho Hotel is a member of The National Historic Places and is the most enchanting hotel in the Southwest.

I-40 Exit 22, 1 Block South 1000 East 66 Ave. Gallup, NM 87301

Gallup Murals


“we love having you here”® •

Complimentary high-speed Internet access

Complimentary On the House® hot breakfast •

Complimentary local calls •

Indoor Pool & Spa

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Many wall murals were created during the 1930s in Gallup, with funding from President Franklin Roosevelt’s WPAPublic Works Administration. Depicting the landscape and history of the area, the murals themselves have become a priceless part of local history. A number of these murals remain on public display today. Visit the Octavia Fellin Public Library, McKinley County Courthouse, and Gallup High School to view the work of many well-known artists. The city of Gallup has recently commissioned twelve new downtown murals by local artists. Eight are completed.

Outdoor Art of Gallup It seems to be everywhere around Gallup. Like the countryside, it is life-size or larger. In steel, wood, stone, concrete, tile, paint and neon, much of Gallup’s past is permanently recorded in open-air artwork. The outdoor arts are booming here, and it shows. The visual feast ranges from the realistic murals of wildlife, Indian dancers and scenic vistas at Red Rock Park to the abstract, eclectic, and historic sculptures in Miyamura Park near the El Rancho Hotel.

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Galleries The monthly Arts Crawl evening tour is a great way to check out Gallup’s downtown galleries. Attend art show receptions and exhibits at the Coffee House, Crashing Thunder Studio, the Native Hands Co-op inside the Catholic Indian Center, Primal Image Gallery, Wild Sage Natural Food Co-op and others. The event features live music and dancing in the summer.


In a community where everyone knows most everyone, the Baca Family is a dynasty in delivering exceptionally great food. Don Diego Restaurant, Jerry’s Cafe, & Grandpa’s Grill are Gallup’s best in Mexican & American dishes. Each restaurant has it’s own uniqueness – each restaurant holds true to quality food service with a consistent taste every day. Our aim, as a family & as business owners, is to please our customers. Stop in & visit us! All Establishments Open 8:00 am - 9:00 pm / Monday - Saturday Leslie at

Archie, Hazel, Sharon & Sandy at

Archie Jr. at




2001 E. Aztec Ave.

801 Highway 66

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Red Rock State Park is bursting with an abundance of historic and contemporary indoor and outdoor art. Along with Native American arts and crafts, the Red Rock Museum displays a variety of artwork depicting the history of Gallup and the Pueblos. Located in an historic railroad depot, the Gallup Cultural Center features a Master’s Gallery upstairs. The Southwest Indian Foundation, which operates the center, and Reunion of the Masters sponsor a Student Art Scholarship Program here each year.

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Gallup is attracting a new kind of traveler these days. While lovers of Native American artisanship and fans of Historic Route 66 continue to come here from around the country and the world, more and more hikers, rock climbers and mountain bikers are discovering that the community is a first class outdoor activities destination. Golfers, anglers, birding enthusiasts and nature photographers will also find their chosen activities close by, and the entire family will enjoy cooling off at the newly completed aquatic center. The Mentmore Rock Climbing Area offers 50 different bolted top rope climbs and 31

Pyramid Rock Trail is a three-mile round trip through amazing rock formations, with a summit elevation of 7,487 feet. Church Rock Trail, a two-mile round trip, begins at the Outlaw Trading Post parking lot and offers spectacular views of the Church Rock spires. From Gallup, go 6 miles east on Route 66/Hwy118. Turn north onto Hwy566 for one-half mile. Turn left into Red Rock Park and follow the signs. Check with the Visitor Center for maps. BIKING

sport climbs from 25 to 45 feet in height and difficulty levels of 5.0 to 5.13. For cyclists, the High Desert Trail System near Gamerco provides a variety of terrain and levels of difficulty. Hikers report being able to see from summit of Pyramid Rock in Red Rock Park for 50 miles in clear weather, and cyclists as well as hikers will find regularly updated trails in the Cibola National Forest. Area maps are available at the Gallup Visitor Center or Chamber of Commerce. The region enjoys low humidity and plenty of sunshine, so remember to bring drinking water and a hat, and wear a sun block. Later, head over to the new Gallup Aquatic Center, an indoor facility that is much more

High Desert Trail System near Gamerco provides a variety of terrain and levels of difficulty. The least technical segment starts at the East Trail. Three loops off the main trail increase in difficulty of terrain. Before setting out, check with the Chamber of Commerce for maps of the area. From Gallup, drive 3 miles north on Hwy491. Turn west onto Chino Road (the Gamerco road.) Go about 300 yards and turn left at the first road. You will find the trailhead and parking area at the corner. RO C K C L I M B I N G

than just a public pool. Opened last May, the well lit, brightly decorated complex features a water slide and receiving pool, a lazy river pool and an activity pool with a children’s play pool as well as competition and lap pools.

Head for Mentmore Rock Climbing Area, where you can choose from 50 different bolted top rope climbs or 31 sport climbs ranging from 25 to 45 feet in height. Difficulty levels are from 5.0 through 5.13. To get there, take Route 66/Hwy118 one-half mile west from I-40 Exit 16 in Gallup. Turn north on County Road 1. After about a mile, the road turns west and becomes Mentmore Road. Follow it over the hill to the parking area. Check with the Gallup Visitor Center or Chamber of Commerce for maps of the area. GOLFING

Located just minutes away from your lodgings in Gallup, the Gallup Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole course open to the public year round. Par is 72 at this 6379-yard facility, which features bluegrass greens and water hazards. The course offers a driving range, putting green, chipping area, practice bunker, snack bar, a pro shop and a teaching pro. Clubs and golf cart rentals are available. 1109 Susan St., Gallup, NM 87301. (505) 863-9224

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inset: The cliffs of El Morro National Monument are merely one example of the outdoor splendor found in the Gallup area. above: Mountain biking on the High Desert Trail System near Gamerco appeals to a variety of skill levels.

You can fish for rainbow trout at McGaffey Lake Recreation Area or Bluewater Lake State Park. View migratory waterfowl at Rice Park in the Cibola National Forest, or tour Balok Elk Ranch in the McGaffey Lake area. For tour information call (505) 722-7786. Enjoy horseback riding in season at the Z Lazy B Guest Ranch near Fort Wingate; (505) 488-5600 or (888) 488-2007. Attend outdoor concerts, a rodeo, championship bull riding, the hot-air balloon rally, or the Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial at Red Rock Park. Hike to the White House Ruins at Canyon de Chelly, or just take a walking tour of the century-old buildings downtown.


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HIgh DEsert Trail System Photos © Bill Siebersma

The word is getting out among cycling enthusiasts across the nation – Gallup, New Mexico is a sought-after destination for stimulating your “outdoorphins!” All along Gallup’s High Desert Trail System, good climate and great views combine with a winding single-track, stacked loop trail that accommodates all levels of expertise, providing rock-solid adventure for everyone. Built by Gallup Trails 2010 and the Youth Conservation Corps utilizing some 20 miles of easement generously donated by Gamerco Associates, the 24-mile trail system exceeded expectations for fulfilling the dreams of local residents and has become an attraction for mountain bikers nationwide. The seemingly endless vistas to be seen from the high mesas north of Gallup are just one unique feature of the system, which also features whimsical rock gardens, interesting technical challenges for cyclists, and even strategically placed original fine art sculptures beside the trails. Two successful locally sponsored events have helped the trail system gain national recognition. The Dawn to Dusk Bike Race and the Squash Blossom Classic were both held for the first time in the spring and early summer of 2006. The Dawn to Dusk event is exactly what the name implies: 12 hours of intense endurance racing in six different classes. Laps completed after 7 P.M. don’t count, so even though it is a lengthy race, timing is important. The 2006 race drew competitors from all of the Four Corners states. For the Squash Blossom Classic, the High Desert Trail System combines activities with several other Gallup area venues to provide a full weekend of fun. Events include bike races, a half-marathon, a fun run/walk, tours of Zuni Pueblo, hikes up Pyramid Rock, a hot air balloon rally, a rock-climbing event and a family-oriented street fair. The High Desert Trails Second Mesa in Mentmore hosts a Kids Fun Ride before getting serious with





Mountain Bike Race. The race is actually three races based on level of expertise: Beginner, seven miles; Sport, 14 miles and Expert/Semi-Pro/Pro, 21 miles. The pro racers have been finishing so quickly that their course is being extended. Also included is a Single Speed category. Perhaps the best feature of the trail system, on the other hand, is that you don’t have to be a racer to enjoy it. It was designed for all skill levels, so fill those water bottles and choose a day and a speed that suits you. The least technical trail begins at the Gamerco Trailhead, about two miles north of I-40 on US 491. inset: The 24-mile High Desert Trail System is now the venue for nationally recognized mountain bike racing. right: Taking a bike break to enjoy the incredible high country vistas.



AREA E V E N TS cultural diversity The cultural diversity that defines Gallup is evident in the community’s calendar of events. Even as the city becomes an increasingly popular destination for rodeo fans nationwide, we are proud to host the second largest hot-air balloon rally in the world, the 27th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally. Gallup is also home to New Mexico’s oldest annual event; the world famous Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial attracts Native American tribes from as far away as Alaska and spectators from as far as Japan. This will be its 86th year. Expanded outdoor recreational events include the Squash Blossom Classic. Featuring Native American cultures while promoting a multitude of outdoor adventures, the event includes a mountain bik-ing race, three road bike races, a balloon rally, rock climbing, the Native American Championship run, and a huge downtown festi-val with native dancers, musicians, arts and crafts vendors and more. Back to Gallup rodeo – it’s the best anywhere. Gallup hosts over 20 rodeos a year, including the largest amateur rodeo in the Southwest and the wildly popular Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo, featuring contestants from three countries and over 40 states and provinces. If that wasn’t enough for action fans, there is the annual Wild Thing Championship Bull Riding event, which is not a rodeo but an earth-shaking event that is exactly what the name implies. Throughout the year the Gallup Community Concert Association brings musicians and performers from around the world, from the U.S.A. Ballet to the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The downtown arts community also hosts a regular Arts Crawl, with galleries holding extended the first Saturday of each month. inset: Amanda Bolton sells her bread and woodwork at the Farmer’s Market. above: Archie Baca, Jr. of Jerry’s Café serves up his best at Picante Gigante.

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Gallup Outlaws Home Game. Gallup Outlaws Home Game. Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Celebration. 505-722-2258 WNMU-Gallup Graduation. 505-722-3389 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Gallup Outlaws Home Game. Literary Festival. 505-722-2258 Bishops Mardi Gras. 505-863-4406 Gallup Outlaws Home Game. Black History Month Concert. 505-722-2258 Gallup Outlaws Home Game. Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 Celtic Festival. 505-722-2228 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Gallup Outlaws Home Game. Bow Wow Meow. 505-863-2616 Easter Festival. 505-863-6851 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Dawn ‘til Dusk Mountain Bike Race. 505-863-7282 Gallup High School & Wrangler Qualifying Rodeo. 505-722-6913 Cinco de Mayo. 505-863-6851

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UNM-Gallup Graduation. 505-863-7500 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Run for the Wall. 505-722-6681 Folk Music Festival and May Day. 505-722-2258 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 Gallup High School Graduation. 505-721-2500 Squash Blossom Classic. Summer Nightly Indian Dances Begin (through Sep. 3). 505-722-2228 WNMU-Gallup Graduation. 505-722-3389 USTRC Team Roping Championship. 505-863-6701 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 NMHS State Championship Rodeo. 505-722-6913 Little Mitchell Memorial Barrel Race. 505-722-6913 59th Annual Lions Club Rodeo. Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 Red Rock Arena Cross. 505-722-2228 Relay for Life. 505-870-9662 Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo. 505-7222228 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 14th Annual “Wild Thing” Championship Bull Riding. 505-722-3839 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Tour of the Nations. 505-722-4327

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86th Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. 505-863-3896 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Turquoise Classic Thunder PBR Challenger Tour. 505-726-8405 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 WNMU-Gallup Graduation. 505-722-3389 Summer Nightly Indian Dances End. 505-722-2228 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 RMCHCS Charity Invitational XII. 505-863-7283 Gallup Air Show. 505-722-9596 Picante Gigante. 505-863-1274 Festival of Cultures. 505-722-2228 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302 27th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally. 505-863-0262 27th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally. 505-863-0262 Christmas Parade. 505-722-2228 Arts Crawl. 505-722-2228 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 505-786-5302

If you need additional information about any of these events or have questions, please contact the events coordinator at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce 505722-2228 or 800-380-4989


59th Annual Lions Club Rodeo Red Rock State Park June 13 - 16, 2007 The largest amateur rodeo in the Southwest is now in its 59th year. For four days and nights, the annual Gallup Lion’s Club Rodeo showcases more than 800 contestants competing in categories that include Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Riding and Bull Riding. Also on the schedule are a Youth Rodeo, parade, dances, an outdoor barbeque and special events. The rodeo is courtesy of the Gallup Lions Club, funding community projects since 1945. For more information, contact the Gallup Chamber of Commerce, or the Lions Club, 505-722-2228 or 863-3851.

Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo Red Rock State Park July 1 - 7, 2007 In 2005 Gallup hosted the first-ever Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo. Now in its third year, the event has been so successWholesale and Retail Southwest Jewelry • Rugs • Baskets Kachinas • 14k Gold & Diamonds 612 W. Wilson Gallup, NM 87301

ful that the number of contestants is expected to be almost double that of the original 600. The best 6th, 7th and 8th grade level contestants from more than 40 states and



provinces will travel to Gallup to participate in

event, is particularly interested in showing

the six-day rodeo, competing in 12 different

films by local and regional filmmakers.

categories such as Junior Bull Riding, Calf

About fourteen categories are included

Roping, Goat Tying, Chute Dogging, Barrel

the program, and range from documen-

Racing and Team Roping. Each of the young

taries to music videos. For more informa-

athletes is vying for his or her share of more

tion, visit the website:

than $50,000 in college scholarships and an additional $150,000 in awards and prizes. The rodeo is sponsored by the Wrangler Division of the National High School Rodeo Association, an organization offering young people the opportunity to be involved in the sport of rodeo. The junior events are designed to prepare athletes for the next level of competition. For more information contact the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, 800-380-4989.

86th Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Red Rock State Park August 8 - 12, 2007 Native American tribes from across the United States and Mexico have come to Gallup annually for four days and five nights of celebration since 1922. The occasion features traditional dancing, rodeos, parades, exhibits, a nonmechanized




rodeos and Native American food, with

Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 - 2, 2007 One wonders if its founders could


imagine what it would become, and how

Ceremonial Indian Dances offer unfor-

quickly. Participation in the annual Red

gettable photo opportunities not avail-

Rock Balloon Rally has grown from four bal-

able any-where else in the world; while

loons to 200, making it the second largest

the fast-paced contest Powwows offer a

balloon rally in the world.


14th Annual “Wild Thing” Championship Bull Riding Red Rock State Park

Red Rock Balloon Rally Red Rock State Park




look at another side of Indian Dancing. A

The magnificent bluffs and canyons of

juried art show, Indoor and Outdoor

Red Rock State Park form the perfect envi-

Marketplace and Ceremonial Showroom

ronment. Each December thousands of

round out the offerings. For more infor-

spectators gather to enjoy the mass ascen-


sions, competitive events, balloon glows





and Native American dancers. Invitations to fly in the rally are highly prized among balloonists worldwide.

July 13 - 14, 2007

This is the only ballooning event that

Fans from all over the country plan their Thing

encourages spectators to become partici-

Championship Bull Riding, when the

pants by joining balloon chase crews. Pilots

nation’s most notorious bad bulls shake

do not compete for money, but for top

the ground as top riders compete for

quality Native American arts and crafts.

more than $20,000 in prize money. For two

Ballooning Magazine™ has called the rally

thunderous nights, the contests are a

“Best Balloon Event in the West” and the




blaze of music, courageous effort and non-stop action. A featured fire-works display soars through the sky, and has been

Gallup Inter-Cultural Film Festival El Morro Theater

New Mexico Tourism Association has named it “Most Outstanding Event.” The all-volunteer Red Rock Balloon Rally

known to stop traffic on the highway miles

One of Gallup’s newest annual events is

Association has sponsored the event since

away. The events are the biggest fundrais-

back after a successful screen debut in

1981, partnering with Gallup area service

er of the year for two local non-profit

2006. The Gallup Inter-Cultural Film

organizations to provide funding for local

organizations, the Gallup Christian School

Festival is a culturally diverse motion pic-

service activities. Association members

and the Manuelito Children's Home.

ture showcase. While it gladly accepts

proudly invite everyone to visit the

national and international films, the Gallup


Film Foundation, which sponsors the

More information: 800-380-4989 or 505-722-2228.





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Transportation Services Airport: Gallup Municipal Airport 2111 W. Hwy. 66 505-722-4896 Auto Rentals: Budget Car Rental 2111 W. Hwy. 66 505-726-1916 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 2111 W. Hwy. 66 505-722-5820 800-736-8222 Bus: Greyhound Bus Lines 701 E. Montoya Blvd. 505-863-3761 800-231-2222 Cab Company: Luna’s Cab Company 505-722-9777

Railroad Ticket Agencies: AMTRAK - Boarding at the Gallup Cultural Center 200 E. Hwy. 66 Reservations & Schedule Info. 800-872-7245 Professional Travel Services 300 W. Hill Ave. 505-863-6671 The Travel Shoppe 1616 S. 2nd St. 505-863-9368

Convention Services BW Inn & Suites 3009 W. Hwy. 66 Gallup, NM 87301 505-722-6399 800-722-6399

El Rancho Hotel 1000 E. Hwy. 66 Gallup, NM 87301 505-863-9311 800-543-6351 Red Rock State Park PO Box 10 Church Rock, NM 87311 505-722-3839 800-242-4282

Emergency Services For All Emergencies Dial 9 11 City of Gallup Public Information Office 505-863-1254 Gallup Fire Dept. 505-722-4195 Gallup Police Dept. 505-722-2231

Medical Services Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital 1901 Red Rock Dr. 505-863-7000 800-571-7000 Pharmacy Walgreen Drug Stores 1626 E. Hwy. 66 505-722-9772 Prescriptions 505-722-9499 Veterinary Services Cedar Animal Medical Center 1 Mi. N. of Gallup on Hwy. 491 505-722-7786 After Hours Emergencies 505-863-5520 Red Rock Animal Hospital 816 S. Boardman Ave. 505-722-2251


N AT I V E H E R I TAG E T RA I L B Y WAY Your Avenue to Indian County One of the state’s newest designated Scenic Byways, the Native Heritage Trail takes travelers through a land as old as time itself. The rugged terrain here challenged European explorers long before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Ancient cultures emerged, thrived and disappeared here, but the descendents of those cultures still live on, honoring the sacred traditions of their forefathers. Follow the Native Heritage Trail to discover the essence of Indian Country on Acoma, Navajo and Zuni lands. Delve into the world-class artistry of Acoma pottery, Navajo weaving and silversmithing, and Zuni stone fetish carving and jewelry inlay. Savor vistas from Acoma Sky City, imagine daily life at Chaco Canyon, or discover where Coronado first encountered the ancestors of Zuni Pueblo people. Geologic time reveals itself around every bend in the road, and there is a variety of excellent dining, lodging and tour outfitter options to choose from along the way. Gallup is the base camp and gateway; the Native Heritage Trail is the avenue to experiencing this land of natural contrast, stark beauty and spectacular artistry. Travelers can spend a few hours, few days or even weeks exploring Indian Country, where the past and present come together as one.

above: The sacred Shiprock rises 1500 feet above the desert floor deep in Navajo country north of Gallup.



Š Jan Underwood, Information Illustrated, 2005

Arizona New Mexico


Both photos © National Parks Service.


The floor of Canyon de Chelly remains green and fertile year round, which explains why it is one

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of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes in North America. An oasis in the desert, it was


home to prehistoric people almost 2000 years ago.

The Anasazi basketmakers lived here

until the 12th century. Today, the Navajo inhabit and cultivate the valley, as they have for hundreds of years. Starting at about 30 feet high, the canyon’s sheer cliffs soar to a thousand feet along its 26-mile length. Nestled among them are hundreds of Anasazi ruins, some of which are world-famous. The Visitor Center offers maps and information about such places as Spider Rock, White House Ruins and Canyon del Muerto. The National Monument is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust land. With the exception of hikes to White House Ruins and the overlooks along the highway at the canyon rim, a local Navajo guide must accompany all ventures into the canyon. A tip to visitors: The word “Chelly” may look like it rhymes with “jelly” but it is pronounced, “Shay”! T O U R R O U T E From Gallup, head north on Hwy491 for five miles to Yah-Tah-Hey. Turn west on Hwy264 and continue nineteen miles, passing through Window Rock, Arizona. Turn north on Hwy191 and go 40 miles to Chinle and the Visitor Center at the Canyon de Chelly National Monument. From Chinle, Route 64 winds along the canyon rim for 23 miles to Tsaile, home of the Diné College and the R.C. Gorman Library Collection. above: Ancient cultures, the Anasazi and the more recent Navajo have inhabited the warm floor of Canyon de Chelly National Monument for 2000 years. GALLUP VISITORS GUIDE

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The home of the sandstone formation of the same name, the city of Window Rock is the capitol of the Navajo Nation. Attractions include the Navajo Nation Council Chambers, the Navajo Nation Museum, the Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise and the Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park. Two miles to the west on Hwy264 is St. Michael’s, a Franciscan Mission founded in 1898. The mission has a small museum, which is open daily in the summer. F O RT D E F I A N C E

Established in 1851, Fort Defiance was once a destination on the route of the famous (but short-lived) U.S. Cavalry Camel Corps. Abandoned in 1861 due to the Civil War, it was used again during Colonel Kit Carson’s Navajo Campaign under the name Fort Canby. It was selected as the site of the Indian Agency following the Navajo Treaty of 1868, and was the location of the first Navajo medical center in the entire Navajo Nation. CHINLE

Pronounced Chin-LEE, this friendly town of 8,000 is your supply point for trips to Canyon de Chelly. Located at the west end of the canyon, Chinle is named for a Navajo word meaning “a place where the water flows out.” Here you will find one of seven outlets of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise, a non-profit organization that is the official marketing channel of the Navajo Nation. You can be certain that items sold here are genuine Navajo. C A N YO N D E C H E L LY N AT ’ L M O N U M E N T

A natural stronghold, this scenic and historic marvel has been home to Native American people for thousands of years. Citizens of the Navajo Nation live, farm, and raise livestock on the lush valley floor, while ancient ruins loom silently among the sheer red sandstone cliffs. There is quicksand in places on the floor of the valley, so you must employ a native guide for all trips to the bottom of the canyon. D I N I N G AT THUNDERBIRD LO D G E

The restaurant at Thunderbird Lodge offers cafeteria-style dining for visitors to Canyon de Chelly. The all-day restaurant occupies the original building of a trading post built at the mouth of the canyon in 1896. The walls of the dining room are adorned with excellent examples of Navajo rugs and artwork available for purchase. The cafeteria serves Native American dishes as well as continental cuisine, and is open seven days a week.


The country’s oldest and largest tribally controlled college is Diné College on the Navajo Reservation. Established in 1968, the main campus is located in Tsaile, Arizona, just east of Canyon de Chelly. There are six branch campuses located in Arizona and New Mexico. Prior to his death, internationally recognized Navajo artist R.C. Gorman donated paintings, sculpture and a literary collection consisting of various volumes of historic, artistic and literary significance to Diné College. The school enclosed a special section of its library for the R.C. Gorman Library Collection. The space also honors Gorman’s mother, Adelle Katherine Brown, and his father, artist Carl N. Gorman, one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. R.C. Gorman will certainly be missed, but his works will continue to inspire Navajo students for years. above: Gorman Lithograph "Chili a la Mode". left: Bust of R.C. Gorman by Ellie Hamilton. Artwork courtesy of Navajo Gallery, Taos, NM and the Library Collection at Dine´ College, Tsaile, AZ.


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route 53

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Explore ancient history and natural wonders.


On this exciting day tour, visitors have the opportunity to see legacies of ancient cultures and living history carved in stone, traverse an ice cave and the insides of an ancient volcano, walk underneath a natural stone arch and descend a mineshaft. What’s more, the return trip to Gallup’s amenities at the end of the day takes less than an hour. The adventure starts a half-hour’s drive south of Gallup on NM602. Turn east on NM53 to begin. Scenic Route 53 leads to the ancient landmark of El Morro National Monument, through the Land of Fire and Ice, and over the Continental Divide to El Malpais National Monument and Conservation Area, where the landscape resembles that of another planet. From there you can continue on and visit La Ventana Natural Arch, the largest such rock formation in New Mexico. The tour concludes at the New Mexico Mining Museum in Grants. From there just take I-40 west back to Gallup.

above: The jagged upheavals from cooling lava flows provide eerie landscapes in the Grants area and south through El Malpais National Monument and Conservation Area. GALLUP VISITORS GUIDE


Also known as Inscription Rock, El Morro is a massive, castle-like sandstone bluff that rises 200 feet above the valley floor. It contains over 2,000 historic petroglyphs and inscriptions carved into the rock. The ruins of an ancient 875-room pueblo rest atop the bluff. A distinct landmark with a reliable water supply, it became a stopping point for travelers through the ages. Many left their marks on the rock, including Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish conquistadors and the U.S. Cavalry. RA M A H

Settled in 1876, Ramah, New Mexico has two houses listed with the New Mexico Registry of Historic Places. It is the home of the Ramah Navajo Weavers Association, which has developed a local economy based on sheep and other land-based traditions. The Ramah Navajo people are recognized as a Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Ramah Lake, 2.5 miles northeast of town, offers fishing, boating and picnicking.

VISITOR CENTER The Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center provides a gateway to exploring the recreational and cultural opportunities which abound in this part of the state. This multi-agency center provides area information, exhibits, maps, books, videos, and programs. Open Daily 8-5 MST 9-6 MDT


Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice. Visit the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano east of El Morro and experience an anomaly of nature: a cave of perpetual winter, near the heart of an extinct volcano. The ice on the cave floor is twenty feet thick, and the temperature never rises above 31 degrees (F). Nearby Bandera is the largest of 29 extinct volcanoes in the Ice Caves region. Its lava tube is one of the longest in North America. E L M A L PA I S N AT ’ L M O N U M E N T AN D C O N S E RVAT I O N AREA

Farther to the east a few miles, you will come to El Malpais National Monument. Nowhere are the volcanic origins of this land more apparent than El Malpais (The Badlands). Encompassing 2100 square miles of lava fields, this amazing monument contains a vast array of cinder cones, pressure ridges and complex lava tube systems. The appearance of the area is like the landscape in a science fiction movie. T H E C O N T I N E N TA L DIVIDE

Between El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments, the 29 volcanic mountains of the Fire and Ice region form the backbone of the Continental Divide in this area. The Continental Divide is the pinnacle of a huge geological ridge that separates the flow of the nation’s waterways to the east and west. Waterways east of this line flow toward the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico; those west of the line flow toward the Pacific.

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Hosted this year by the city of Grants, the event draws thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. Attractions include live entertainment, food and vendor booths, poker runs and motorcycle giveaways. The three-day rally roars into town on the third weekend of July. 1(800)550-3573 G RA N T S

Grants, New Mexico is the home of the world’s only underground uranium mining museum. The New Mexico Mining Museum is open daily except Sundays. It features the history of the area and local uranium mining, as well as a collection of ancient artifacts and a display of gems and minerals from all over the world. You can even ride “the cage” down the actual mineshaft for a short distance! 1(800) 748-2142 ext. MW / ROUTE 53 EVENTS Mar 19 St. Joseph’s Feast Day at Laguna Pueblo. 505-552-6654 May 5-6 La Fiesta de Colores. 800-748-2142 May TBA El Morro Area Arts Council May Festival. 505-783-4710 Jul TBA Wild West Days & Rodeo. 800-748-2142 Jul 20-22 Fire & Ice Bike Rally. 800-550-3573 Aug 10 San Lorenzo Feast Day at Acoma Pueblo. 505-552-6604 Sep 2 San Estevan Feast Day at Acoma Pueblo. 505-552-6604 Dec 1-2 Winter Arts & Crafts Fair. 800-748-2142

T H E P U E B LOS O F AC O M A & L AG U N A Acoma Pueblo perhaps best known as “Sky City.” Established 2,000 years ago atop a 357-foot sandstone mesa, it is the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. Today visitors can tour the 70-acre pueblo accompanied by native Acoma Guides. Skilled artisans for centuries, Acoma potters make a thin-walled style of pottery that is highly prized by collectors. Its fine-lined designs are often still painted with a yucca paintbrush. Vessels are available for purchase at the Sky City Cultural Center, which also displays ancient examples of the unique style. Nearby is Laguna Pueblo, where ancestors of today’s residents are thought to have occupied the homeland since 1300 A.D. or earlier. There is also evidence of human habitation in the general area as early as 5000 years ago. “Laguna,” a Spanish word, refers to a lake once located there. The people speak a dialect of the Keresan language, calling themselves the Kawaik. Laguna potters are also highly skilled; their work differs from that of Acoma potters mainly in the slightly thicker walls, bolder designs and the use of sand rather than pottery shards for tempering clay. Pottery and other traditional crafts are available in the village of Laguna off I-40. above: A stunning view of Laguna Pueblo taken from a pullover on I-40 east of Gallup reveals hundreds of years of Pueblo Indian and Spanish heritage.



ATT RAC T I O N S Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Wolf dog and wolf captive born rescues. 20 miles southeast of Ramah. 775-3304. El Morro National Monument. Inscription Rock and Ancestral Pueblo ruins. 13 miles southeast of Ramah. 783-4226 Ramah Lake. Fishing, boating and picnicking. 2.5 miles northeast of Ramah L O C AT I O N Scenic NM53 is south of Gallup running parallel to I-40 between Zuni and Grants. T O U R R O U T E Travel 30 miles south from Gallup on Hwy602 and turn left (east) on Hwy53, traveling another 12 miles to Ramah. Continue east 13 miles to El Morro National Monument, another 16 miles to Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave and 26 miles through El Malpais Nat’l Monument to Grants. The Pueblos of Acoma and Laguna are located on I-40 east of Grants. MORE I N F O R M AT I O N El Morro Nat’l. Mon. 505-783-4226 Ramah Historical Society 505-783-4150 Ramah Stagecoach Cafe 505-783-4288 Ice Caves & Bandera Volcano The Land of El Malpais Nat’l. Mon. 505-783-4774 Grants/Cibola County Chamber & Mining Museum 505-287-4802 800-748-2142

El Morro & Ramah

Two quality attractions along our Day Tour 2 from Gallup – Scenic Route 53 – are the friendly town of Ramah and its “next door” neighbor, the El Morro National Monument. Here visitors can view history carved in stone, then enjoy local dining and hospitality before exploring the other features of the area. The national monument is named for the massive rock formation it contains. A castle-like sandstone bluff towering 200 feet above the surrounding valley floor, El Morro has been a significant landmark to area residents and travelers for a thousand years or longer. In early times, prehistoric Native Americans lived on its summit in an 875-room pueblo. For hundreds of years after that the bluff served as a colossal natural signpost advertising a basic but precious commodity for weary travelers: water. El Morro was known to have a reliable water supply at its base, and virtually everyone passing through the area stopped there to rest. Because of its popularity as a water stop over the ages, the mammoth signpost also eventually became a gigantic stone bulletin board. Known to many as “Inscription Rock,” it contains over 2000 well-preserved petroglyphs and inscriptions carved by everyone from Ancestral Puebloans and inset: A Spanish inscription at El Morro National Monument carved into the rock in 1709. above: The protected spring at El Morro that attracted ancient cultures, Spanish explorers and cavalry troops remains a crystal clear pool of water today. opposite: A bronze woman and child at the Ramah Museum depict the life of early area settlers.



Last year 32,000 people visited El Morro, which celebrated its 100th anniversary as a national monument. Spanish explorers to the U.S. Cavalry. Atop the mesa stand the excavated kivas and 13 rooms of an ancient pueblo. Last year 32,000 people visited El Morro, which celebrated its 100th anniversary as a national monument. Ramah is a place of diverse arts and cultures. An historic town founded by Mormon settlers in 1883, today’s Ramah welcomes travelers with restaurants, coffee shops, lodging, galleries and a historical museum. It is situated between the Zuni and the Ramah Navajo Reservations, both known for their independence and spirit of selfdetermination. The Ramah Navajos are noted for their weaving ability. Area visitors can take a guided tour of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary near Candy Kitchen. The non-profit organization provides a permanent home to over fifty abused and abandoned captive-bred wolves and wolf-dogs. From Ramah, travelers can return to Gallup or proceed onward to the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center in Grants.



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Tues. - Sun. 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 • Closed Mondays Candy Kitchen, NM • 505.775.3304


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It is said that no other village on the North American Continent contains a higher concentration of skilled artisans than the Pueblo of Zuni. Considered to be the most traditional of the 19 New Mexico pueblos, it is also the largest, with a 45,000-acre reservation and unattached land holdings in other parts of New Mexico and Arizona. The ancestors of the present day Zuni people, known as the A:shiwi, farmed the Zuni River Valley for thousands of years, raising livestock as well as vegetables like corn, wheat, beans and squash. In fact, a number of vegetable varieties are native to the reservation. The people baked pies and sourdough bread in outdoor ovens called he:bok’owe, also known to the Spanish as hornos. That tradition continues today, along with the re-creation of heirloom dishes like deer jerky, fried squash and Zuni-style blue corn tamales. It is for its craftsmanship, however, that the pueblo is probably best known. The people of Zuni were instrumental in developing a style of jewelry making so intricate that it is called needlepoint. Through painting, jewelry, pottery, fetish carving, beadwork and kachina making, artisans express the cultural and religious traditions of the people. Ten shops in the community sell Native American arts and crafts to the public. Another cultural attraction is the A:shiwi A:wan above: Sacred Dowa Yalanne mesa provided protection for the Zuni during periods of Spanish confrontation. opposite: The Zuni mission houses larger than life murals representing the historic progression of Zuni people. GALLUP VISITORS GUIDE

Artisans express the cultural traditions of the people. Museum and Heritage Center, an independent enterprise of the Zuni people. Located on the site of one of the

P.O. Box 426 • Zuni, NM 87327

pueblo’s first trading posts, the museum showcases hundreds of priceless artifacts retrieved during the excavation of the ancient city of Hawikku during the

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of state for many years before being returned. The Pueblo of Zuni welcomes visitors, and New Mexico Traveler would like to remind readers that the pueblo is a sovereign nation with its own unique language and customs. When visiting, please stop at the Visitor Center before proceeding further.

Authentic Zuni jewelry and fetishes directly from the source — the Pueblo of Zuni. Visit the people that have been living in the same area for 9,000 years. Handmade jewelry with natural stones inlaid in sterling silver and gold. Fetishes carved from variety of stones, shell, wood and antler. All Major Credit Cards Accepted • Open Mon.– Fri. 9 – 6, Sat. 9– 5, Sun. 10–3 (Seasonal)

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23 Pia Mesa Road P.O. Box 446 Zuni, NM 87327

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• Bed & Breakfast Inn: 8 Guestrooms in 2 historical buildings • Sunny Patios for outdoors events • Conference/meeting/reception facilities & catering services • CALL the Zuni Visitor Center (505.782.7238) about upcoming community events: special rates may be available at the Inn! • CONTACT US NOW for individual bookings, traveling or local group functions, or other hospitality needs



Started by Franciscan friars in 1629 and reconstructed in 1692 after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Old Zuni Mission is considered to be one of the finest examples of Spanish mission architecture in the Southwest. Beginning in 1970, it has been decorated with life-sized murals of Zuni Kachina figures. They were painted by artist Alex Seowtewa and his sons, who have continued the work since. P U E B LO O F Z U N I A RT S & C RA F T S


EVENTS Feb 9-11 Valentine’s Day Jewelry Market at Zuni Visitor and Arts Center.* 14 Valentine’s Day Jewelry Market at Zuni Visitor and Arts Center.* May 11-13 Mother’s Day and Graduation Arts Market at Zuni Visitor and Arts Center.* 28 Memorial Day Carvers Market at Zuni Visitor and Arts Center.* Jun TBA Deshkwi/Fasting – ALL BUSINESSES CLOSED, 4 days, call for dates. Jul 14-15 New Moon Painters Plus Market at Zuni Visitor and Arts Center.* Aug 10-12 Zuni Cultural Arts Expo. 505-782-7238 Aug 30-31 Zuni Fair. 505-782-7238 Sep 1-2 Zuni Fair. 505-782-7238 Oct 5-14 Zuni Fall Festival & Arts Market. 505-782-7238 Nov 22 Zuni Christmas Lights Parade. 505-782-7238 30 Holiday Arts Market. 505-782-7238 Dec 1-2 Holiday Arts Market. 505-782-7238 Dec TBA Deshkwi/Fasting – ALL BUSINESSES CLOSED, 4 days, call for dates. *Zuni Arts Throughout the Seasons program events. Contact the Zuni Visitors Center at 505-782-7238 for more information and other event dates.

Zuni Pueblo is located on Scenic NM53, 77 miles southwest of Grants, 155 miles west of Albuquerque. TOUR ROUTE Drive south of Gallup on NM602 for about 24 miles to the juction at NM53. Procede west on NM53.


Zuni Information Center, (505) 782-7238, Pueblo of Zuni Arts & Crafts, (505) 782-5531 Museum & Heritage Center, (505) 782-4403

This showroom of authentic contemporary Zuni-made merchandise is open to the public. Items range from strictly traditional to purely decorative. All are genuine Zuni. Zuni pottery is of such high quality that it was exchanged for trade goods with other tribes even before the arrival of the Spanish. The same quality and attention to detail is evident in the jewelry, fetishes, Kachinas, and furniture. The Zuni Arts and Crafts Enterprise also has ice-cold sodas! (505) 782-5531 / (866) 515-7675 HALO NA P LA Z A & T H E I N N AT H A L O N A

Located in the middle of Zuni Pueblo, Halona Plaza occupies a former trading post built in 1866. Calling it merely a supermarket would be selling it short. Its staff of over 20 Zuni tribal members provides a variety of goods and services to residents and guests. Along with fresh meat and produce, the store offers financial services and ceremonial supplies. There’s even a lapidary supply for jewelry makers. The Deli at Halona features daily lunch specials, indoor and outdoor dining, and the “Best Fried Chicken in the Southwest.” The Inn at Halona is a bed and (complete) breakfast inn. It has eight guest rooms, patios for outdoor events, and a conference room. 1(800) 752-3278 / A : S H I W I A : WA N MUSEUM & H E R I TAG E C E N T E R

In 1916, anthropologists began a seven-year excavation project at the Zuni ancestral city of Hawikku. Some Zuni elders remembered, as children, seeing wagonloads of crates leaving Zuni. They did not know then that the crates contained some 20,000 priceless artifacts bound for New York City. The items were never put on public display. Today, however, hundreds of those artifacts are on display – in Zuni, at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum. The collection is on extended loan from the National Museum of the American Indian. (505) 782-4403. JOE M I LO ’S WHITE WAT E R T RAD I N G C O .

top: The Zuni band performs in a Gallup parade honoring Veterans returning from Iraq. above: Traditional bread ovens on the edge of the Zuni River face sacred Dowa Yalanne mesa.



This is a must-stop en route to Zuni or El Morro. Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Co. is nestled in the pines of Van der Wagen, NM seventeen miles south of Gallup on Hwy602. The old trading post has a historical U.S. Post Office located inside. Joe Milo’s offers Zuni, Navajo and Hopi jewelry, Zuni fetishes, Navajo rugs, Kachinas, pottery, baskets and sand paintings. 1(888) JOE MILO /

(1 • 888 • 563 • 6456)


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chaco canyon Over 11 centuries ago, the place now known as Chaco Canyon was a thriving center of human habitation. Linked to over



throughout the Four Corners region, it had farms, kivas, canals, plazas and residential buildings as tall as five stories. The




people of Chaco Canyon the Anasazi, and their Native American descendents call them the Ancient Ones. A more modern designation for them




Puebloans. Whatever they were called in their own culture,



worshipped and traded here for 300 years before the entire area population migrated on to other places. Today the timeless breezes carry voices

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of the past to visitors at Chaco Canyon, where history lives on in solitude. The ruins there are so


historically significant that the area is designated a World Heritage Site. The Chaco Culture National Historic Park, which contains the ruins, features a visitor center, a museum and a nine-mile paved loop that accesses five different Chacoan sites. Bicycling is a great way to tour the loop, and parking areas are provided for both cycles and autos. Short hiking paths lead from the parking areas to the sites. To maximize your enjoyment of the experience, stop at the visitor center first. Travelers should allow plenty of time to get there and back. Depending on the route taken, the last 20 to 33 miles of the road are unpaved. Further, notes the National Park Service: “From the south, two routes access Chaco from Hwy9, which runs between Crownpoint, Pueblo Pintado and Cuba. Both routes can vary from very rough to impassable. Not recommended for RVs. If you are traveling from the south, please call ahead for the latest conditions.� That number is 505786-7014. T O U R R O U T E From Gallup, drive east on Historic Route 66, parallel to I-40, past the century-old Rehoboth Christian School to Church Rock and Red Rock State Park. Return to I-40 and continue east for 22 miles to northbound Hwy371 at Thoreau. Drive 25 miles north to Crownpoint and an additional 3 miles, turning east on Indian Hwy9. Continue on Hwy9 to Pueblo Pintado. Go north on Hwy46 to County Roads 7900/7950 leading directly to the Visitor Center at Chaco Culture National Historic Park. GALLUP VISITORS GUIDE


As you head toward Thoreau, you will pass Fort Wingate, located south of I-40. Established in 1868, the fort is actually older than the city of Gallup. Still a military reservation, present-day Fort Wingate is a Pershing Missile launch site for White Sands Missile Range. T H O R E AU A N D C ROW N P O I N T

You can fish for rainbow trout at Bluewater Lake State Park, or view migratory waterfowl and elk at Rice Park in the Cibola National Forest. Both are just a short drive from Thoreau. Crownpoint, New Mexico is famous for its monthly auction of high-quality Navajo woven goods. The auctions are usually held on the third Friday of every month. Viewing begins at 3 p.m. and bidding starts at seven. The weavers themselves often attend the auction.

“THE MASTER WEAVERS” “Toadlena is to Navajo Rugs what Paris is to Haute Couture.”

-Arizona Highways, July 1974 Rug Issue


The park contains a variety of fascinating Ancestral Puebloan ruins, a Visitor Center and a Museum. Bicycling is a great way to tour the interior. The ruins are so historically significant that the park is designated a World Heritage Site. N AVA J O PA R K

Box 8014 • Newcomb, New Mexico 87455 A short one-hour drive from Gallup, Window Rock, or Farmington

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This B & B is located in Coolidge, on I-40 west of Thoreau. RE D RO C K S TAT E PA R K

Located near the community of Church Rock, this 640-acre park is framed on three sides with spectacular red sandstone formations. The park offers full facilities and a museum. From the parking area, there are hiking trails leading to fantastic views of Pyramid Rock and the distinctive spires of Church Rock.

opposite: Chaco Culture National Historic Park, a World Heritage Site, includes several easily accessible sites built by an aggressive and ingenious ancient people. above: Mother Nature has sculpted impressive formations throughout the Gallup region.


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All Navajo tribal

government is based here, housed in buildings made of quarried




russet rock

formation that gave the city its name is 200 feet tall. Over thousands of years, the “window” was carved by a seeping spring at the base of the rock.

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Center, a $7 million facility built in 1997. While emphasizing tribal history, the museum also houses


ancient and modern examples of Navajo rugs, sand paintings, jewelry and crafts. Many of the items are available for purchase. While you’re in town be sure to visit the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise, the official marketing channel of the Navajo Nation. Started in 1941, this non-profit business now has seven locations in Arizona and New Mexico. A half-hour’s drive west of Window Rock is Ganado, AZ, and the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Purchased by John Lorenzo Hubbell in 1878, it is the oldest continuously operated trading post in the Navajo Nation. The famous Navajo “Ganado Red” rug style, which features a deep red background, was developed here. The 160-acre former homestead includes the trading post, the family home, a barn and blacksmith shop, and a visitor center. T O U R R O U T E From Gallup, head north on Hwy491 for five miles to Yah-tah-hey. Turn west on Hwy264 and continue nineteen miles to Window Rock, Arizona. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is at Ganado, 26 miles farther west on Hwy264. above: Window Rock marks the location of the governing body of the massive Navajo nation. inset, right: The Navajo Tribal Museum and Arts and Crafts Center emphasizes tribal history and houses both ancient and modern crafts. opposite: A demonstration of traditional Navajo weaving methods at Window Rock. GALLUP VISITORS GUIDE


Besides Window Rock’s stunning sandstone formation, you can visit the circular Navajo Nation Council Chambers, adorned with colorful murals. In keeping with tradition, Navajo Councilmen speak in their native language during Council sessions. The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park is the only “tribal zoo” in America. Some 30 species of wild animals live here, and at least half a dozen species of domestic animals. Most are native to the Navajo Nation. All live in truly natural habitats. H U B B E L L T RA D I N G P O S T N AT I O N A L H I STO R I C S I T E

Trading posts were critical supply points for Navajos returning from the “Long Walk” of 1864-68. First established in 1876, this active trading post still sells groceries and dry goods, but it also features a bookstore, exhibits, rug weaving demonstrations and a picnic area. Self-guided tours of the grounds and a Ranger-guided tour of the original Hubbell home are available. Maintained the way it was, the trading post still sells old and new Native American art and is host to two auctions each year. N AVA J O M U S E U M

Learn about the history of the Navajo tribal culture as told in the people’s own words. Located at Hwy64 and Loop Road in Window Rock, this 54,000 square foot museum is shaped like a hogan, the traditional dwelling of the Navajo. It houses a library, children’s museum and a variety of exhibits, including one honoring the Navajo Code Talkers. The facility also includes a book and gift shop, snack bar, auditorium and outdoor amphitheater. N AVA J O S H O P P I N G C E N T E R AT GA M E R C O

Opened in 1957, the Navajo Shopping Center was a break from the traditional dark, fortress-like trading post. Huge and brightly lit, it featured aisles where shoppers could browse and pick out what they liked. Today’s Navajo Shopping Center deals in more than fine Native American arts and crafts. It has a café, gas station, grocery and general store, a garage, a laundry, and a U.S. Post Office. Livestock and feed are also sold at this unique complex. Located three miles North of Gallup on Hwy491.


G a l l u p BAKERY / DELI Glenn’s Café, Bakery & Pizzeria 505-722-4104

Golden Corral 505-863-3335 Grandpa’s Grill 505-863-2151

Little Rabbit Deli 505-778-5662

Jerry’s Café 505-722-6775

Puritan Bakery 505-863-4671

King Dragon 505-863-6300

Westend Donut & Deli 505-722-3233

Maria’s 505-722-6135


My Sister’s Place 505-863-2535

Billy Dee’s Coffee Experience 505-409-5054

Oasis Mediterranean Restaurant 505-722-9572

The Coffee House with WI-FI 505-726-0291 FINE DINING Chelles Restaurant 505-722-7698 New Mexico Steakhouse 505-722-2221 FAMILY DINING Angela’s Café Con Leche 505-722-7526 Applebee’s Bar & Grill 505-726-0401 Avalon Restaurant 505-863-5072 Canton Chinese Restaurant 505-722-4040 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 505-726-2992

Olympic Kitchen 505-863-2584

First Street Café 505-287-7111 Furr’s Family Dining 505-722-4349

Dragon Express 505-726-1700 Kansas City Smoke House BBQ 505-863-5843 Kentucky Fried Chicken 505-863-5515 505-722-5707

Mataya’s Subway 505-863-8966

The Ranch Kitchen 505-722-5696

McDonald’s Restaurant 505-863-4369 505-722-6133

Roadrunner Café 505-722-7309 Rocket Café 505-722-8972 Sizzler Steak, Seafood & Salad 505-722-6498 Super’s Buffet 505-863-8889 FAST FOOD Alicia’s Burrito Express 505-863-9090

Blake’s Lota Burger 505-863-3181 505-863-6658 505-722-4223 505-863-4684

El Rancho Hotel Restaurant 505-863-9311

Dairy Queen 505-863-5172 Dairy Queen West 505-863-4844

Plaza Café 505-722-6240

Denny’s Restaurant 505-863-8858 505-285-4610 505-722-6945

Earl’s Family Restaurant 505-863-4201

Corndogs Plus Rio West Mall 505-722-9056

Long John Silvers Sea Food Shoppe 505-722-6831

Arby’s Restaurant 505-722-9235

Eagle Café 505-722-3220

Church’s Chicken 505-722-0928 505-722-2671

Peewee’s Kitchen 505-863-9039

David’s Restaurant 505-722-5319

Dine´ Grill 505-726-1097

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Burger King 505-722-6083 Burger King - Rio West Mall 505-722-6140

Orange Julius Rio West Mall 505-722-6051 Philippine Cuisine Express 505-722-3919 Plaza Subway 505-863-8020 Quizno’s Subs 505-722-2444 Route 66 Drive-In 505-863-9932 Sonic Drive In 505-863-2100 505-863-3400 505-863-2231 Subway Sandwiches & Salads 505-863-2885 505-722-3308 Taco Bell 505-722-7610 505-863-4887 505-722-7612

MEXICAN A Taste of the Southwest 505-722-5490 Don Diego’s Restaurant 505-722-5517 El Charrito 505-722-8969 El Metate 505-722-7000 El Ranchero Café 505-876-1032 El Sombrero Restaurant 505-863-4554 Garcia’s Sunset Grill 505-863-4070 Genaro’s Café 505-863-6761 Gordo’s Café 505-722-5169 La Barraca Restaurant 505-722-5083 La Fiesta Café 505-726-8130 Panz Alegra Restaurant 505-722-7229 Virgie’s Restaurant 505-863-5152 PIZZA Big Cheese Pizza of Gallup 505-722-4454 Domino’s Pizza 505-722-4443 One of a Kind Pizza 505-722-9258 Papa John’s Pizza 505-722-2323

Rookies Sports Lounge 505-722-2221 Sports Page Lounge 505-722-3853 The 49er Lounge 800-543-6351 Virgie’s Lounge 505-863-5152 GALLUP LODGING BED & BREAKFAST Apache Canyon Ranch 800-808-8310 Cimarron Rose B&B 505-783-4770 800-856-5776 The Inn at Halona B&B 505-782-4547 800752-3278 Stauder’s Navajo Lodge 862-7553 Zuni Mountain Lodge 505-862-7616 FULL SERVICE Best Western Inn & Suites 505-722-2221 800-722-6300 Holiday Inn 505-722-2201 800-465-4329 HISTORICAL FULL SERVICE

Pizza Warehouse 505-722-5566

El Rancho Motel 505-863-9311 800-543-6351


Carl’s Jr 505-726-9313 505-863-8129

Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers 505-863-3496 505-726-1071

Coal Street Pub 505-722-0117

The Chili Factory Rio West Mall 505-722-5475

Wimpy’s Food Co. Rio West Mall 505-722-6163

103 Historic Route 66 Gallup, New Mexico 87301 1-800-242-4282 • 1-800-380-4989

Paramount Liquor & Lounge 505-863-6632

El Rancho Hotel 505-863-9311 800-543-6351

Class Act - Rio West Mall 505-863-2969


Pal Joey’s Kitchen & Lounge 505-722-6383

Pizza Hut 505-722-7762 • 505-722-7731

Taco’s Mexico 505-863-3902

California Chinese Fast Food 505-863-0888

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Don Diego’s Lounge 505-722-5517 Goodfella’s Sports Lounge 505-863-0385

RV PARKS & CABINS El Morro RV Park & Ancient Way Café 505-783-4612 KOA of Gallup 505-722-2333 Red Rock State Park 505-863-9330 Z Lazy B Guest Ranch 505-488-5600


Hampton Inn & Suites 505-726-0900

Ambassador Motel 505-722-3843

Hojo Inn by Howard Johnson 505-863-6801

America’s Best Value Inn & Suites 505-722-0757 Arrowhead Lodge 505-863-5111 Best Western Red Rock Inn 505-722-7600 800-528-1234 Best Western Royal Holiday 505-722-4900 800-528-1234 Blue Spruce Lodge 505-863-5211 Budget Inn 505-722-6631

Holiday Inn Express 505-726-1000 La Quinta Inn & Suites 505-722-2233 Lariat Lodge 505-722-5496 Lexington Hotel 505-863-4491 Microtel Inn 505-722-2600 Motel 6 505-863-4492 800-466-8356 Page Hotel 505-863-9882

Colonial Motel 505-863-6821

Quality Inn & Suites 505-726-1000

Comfort Inn 505-722-0982

Ramada Limited 505-722-8640

Crossroads Motel 505-287-9264

Ranchito Motel 505-863-6845

Days Inn 505-863-3891

Red Roof Inn 505-722-7765

Days Inn - West 505-863-6889 Desert Skies Motel 505-863-4485 Econo Lodge 505-722-3800 Economy Inn 505-863-9301 El Capitan Motel 505-863-6828 El Coronado Motel 505-722-5510 Franciscan Lodge 505-287-4424 Gallup Travelodge 505-722-2100 Golden Desert Motel 505-722-6606

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Redwood Lodge 505-863-5411 Roadrunner Motel 505-863-3804 Shalimar Inn 505-722-4493 Sky City Casino Hotel 505-6123 Sleep Inn 505-863-3535 Sunset Motel 505-863-3012 Super 8 Gallup 505-722-5300

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505-722-2228 • 800-380-4989 • Fax: 505-863-2280 • 103 West Hwy. 66 • Gallup, New Mexico

Proactive Host Hospitality Program Providing customer service education to workers in the hotel, restaurant, and retail sectors. Thanks to a partnership with Adventure Gallup and Beyond, Proactive Host has trained over 500 hospitality workshops. The program is funded by the Northern Area Workforce Development Board and the State of New Mexico Workforce Board. Proactive Host is expanding throughout northern New Mexico.

Proactive Host training your people to better serve your community

For more information call toll free 1-800-380-4989.

Thunderbird Motel 505-863-3888

Hacienda Motel 505-722-5900

Travel Centers of America 505-863-6801

Hampton Inn 505-722-7224

Zia Motel 505-863-49523

The Rex Museum displays a variety of art and cultural items. Displays feature the mining industry and highlight the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Gallup area.

Open 8:00 - 3:30 Monday Friday

300 West historic 66 Avenue Gallup, NM 87301 • 505-863-1363



The Tour of The Nations is a 5-day recreational bike ride that winds its participants through New Mexico’s Pueblos and mountain desert scenery. The riders will experience southwestern history as they are welcomed guests at 4 of New Mexico’s historic Native American pueblos. The ride will begin in the Pueblo of Isleta, and continue on to the Pueblos of Laguna, Acoma and Zuni. The riders will spend a night in each pueblo where they will be treated to a tour, a traditional meal and dances. The ride will finish in Gallup, NM with a reception dinner and admission to the 86th annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.

Gallup Visitors Center 103 Historic Route 66 Gallup, NM 87301

800-242-4282 800-380-4989


Gallup Visitors Guide 2007-08  
Gallup Visitors Guide 2007-08  

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