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ATTRACTIONS Chaco Culture National Historical Park a World Heritage Site features a nine mile loop that accesses five different Chacoan sites. Canyon de Chelly National Monument ancient ruins loom silently among the sheer red sandstone cliffs. El Morro and Inscription Rock contains over 2,000 historic petroglyphs and inscriptions carved into the rock. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site sells old and new Native American art and is host to two auctions each year. www.nps.gov/hutr Outdoor Murals portraying the area’s rich history and diverse cultures turn the downtown district into a museum of art. Pueblo of Zuni known for its craftmanship and skilled artisans is considered to be the most traditional and largest of the 19 New Mexico pueblos. 575-782-5531 www.zunitourism.com Window Rock the ceremonial center of the earth for the Navajo people and capitol of the Navajo Nation.

LOCATION Gallup is located at the junction of I-40, US 666 and NM 602, in the heart of Indian Country, 138 miles west of Albuquerque and 31 miles north of Zuni.

MORE INFORMATION Gallup Visitors and Information Center (800) 242-4282 www.gallupnm.org Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce (505) 722-2228 (800) 380-4989

INDIAN COUNTRY GALLUP

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Mountain Biking continues to be a popular sport in the Gallup area. Loops on three successive mesas in the High Desert Trail System provide and increase in technical difficulty of terrain. All are well marked. East of Gallup in the McGaffey Recreation area of the Zuni Mountains, the Hilso Trail Head on NM 400 is the start of about 26 miles of designated and marked mountain biking and hiking trails. There are also miles of traditional trails. Farther into the Zuni Mountains is the Twin Springs area, a collection of primitive singletracks, logging railroad corridors and two-track forest roads. They are unimproved and without signs. The McGaffey and Twin Springs trails are normally closed from December until mid-April. For those with a little less agility, but an equal amount of stamina, browsing the galleries and Indian pawn companies of Gallup and locating the numerous murals around the city can also be considered an exciting and challenging adventure.

2012-13 New Mexico Traveler  

Affluent hotel guests throughout New Mexico read this definitive, hardcover visitors’ guide. It is an exclusive, in room reference found in...

2012-13 New Mexico Traveler  

Affluent hotel guests throughout New Mexico read this definitive, hardcover visitors’ guide. It is an exclusive, in room reference found in...

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