Located in the heart of Native America, 139 miles west of Albuquerque and 25 miles east of the Arizona border, Gallup called the Indian Capital of the world is a key stop on the famous Route 66. It is enriched by the cultures of numerous First Nations, including Zuni, Hopi, Acoma, and Laguna Pueblo and Navajo people as well as Latin American communities.
The city boasts vibrant native arts, ceremonies, jewelry and cuisine representing its blend of cultures. The land surrounding Gallup holds many mysteries and adventures as well, from the High Desert Trail System and the Mentmore Rock Climbing area to sacred Mt. Taylor and the Church Rock Trail.
The rugged terrain surrounding Gallup was popular with Hollywood filmmakers during the 1940s and 50s for the on-location shooting of Westerns including Billy the Kid. Stop at the historic El Rancho Hotel & Motel which has hosted many movie stars including John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Gregory Peck, and Burt Lancaster.