Gallup, New Mexico


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3446 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
55 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
22 Votes - "Best For Food"
20 Votes - "Friendliest"
5 Votes - "Most Fun"


Gallup, NM is known for many reasons, such as "Indian Capital of the World" or our latest accomplishment, The "Adventure Capital of New Mexico." Gallup, NM is located on I-40 20 miles east of the Arizona state line.

We are a small community with a population of just over 21,000 during the week, but on the weekends with all the different activities taking place our population can more than triple in size.

Gallup, NM is known for our Saturday Flea Market and for some of the most amazing mountain biking and hiking trails in the country. With our elevation of over 6,500 feet above sea level, the thin mountain air and low humidity can make for some very cool evenings.

We are home to some of the oldest and largest events in the country and if it’s Rodeo’s you like, then don’t miss our Lion’s Club Rodeo and anyone up for a game of "Cowboy Poker", then you wouldn’t want to miss, "The Wild Thing" Bull Riding Championships in July.

The second full week in August is one of the country’s oldest and largest Native American Gathering’s with this year’s 92nd Annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial where tribes from across the US, Canada and Mexico come to celebrate being Native America.

The Gallup, NM area is just at the doorsteps of the Navajo and Zuni Reservations where some of this country’s most amazing scenery can be found, please don’t forget to bring a camera and this area is also home to some of this country’s most amazing war hero’s of WWII, The Navajo Code Talkers and home to Medal of Honor Recipient from the Korean War, Mr. Hershey Miyamura and to several of the surviving members of the Bataan Death March and what later became known as "The Purple Heart Battalion" or officially known as The 442nd.

Gallup, NM is my home and is the Most Patriotice Small Town in America. We take great pride in honoring our veterans here. This is done every day in Gallup, by Gallupians (as we like to call ourselves) living life to it's fullest. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to give us that right and that is how we honor our veterans here. We enjoy our many different culturals and cultural activities that take place here. People have moved to Gallup for just that reason and have fallen in love with the way we do things here. It is a great honor seeing so many amazing post on why Gallup should win this contest, it makes me so proud to live here, to raise a family here and to work here. I know I will spend the rest of my life in Gallup, NM honoring those who have served and those who continue to serve to protect the freedoms we so much enjoy in Gallup, NM. Thank You.
Reviewed by rriege
on September 18, 2013
I am a WWII veteran and member of the Gallup Veterans Helping Veterans. I have lived in many places and believe me Gallup, NM is the Most Patriotic Small Town in America. I had the honor of being the Grand Marshall of the Gallup Veterans Day Parade in 2012 (there is a picture posted of that, I am in the back of a car waiving) which is a memory I will never forget. I am thankful to Gallup for all they do for veterans and do hope that we win this contest as the Most Patriotic Small Town in America. I know I voted for us.
Reviewed by strongbullnm1
on September 16, 2013
Gallup, NM is a small town with a large veterans population. The town's population is appx. 21,000 with about 4,500 of them being veterans. This area also has the highest percentage of young men and women who volunteer for military service. This is a result of the deep rooted patriotism that runs through all Gallupians. Gallup loves to honor all veterans and this is evident with one of our many events. In May for instance as the Run For The Wall event makes it's way through Gallup. We roll out the red carpet for these amazing warriors (many being Vietnam Veterans) as all line Historic Route 66 or otherwise known as America's Highway and cheer and wave as they pass through downtown Gallup. Then it's time for the traditional Gourd Dance (warriors dance) that all participate in. After that it's time for dinner as more then 500 are honored and feed (on us of course). After an amazing evening and meal, it's off to their hotels where other events are often already planned, such as book signings/meet and greets with the Navajo Code Talkers, or even more food with cookouts planned. Gallup doesn't stop there, after they all get a great nights sleep and feed breakfast, the local gas stations open their hearts and pumps to provide free gas to the riders and send them on their way with a full tank, full stomach and most importantly a full heart.
Reviewed by paulriege1
on September 16, 2013
Gallup, NM loves to honor their veterans. (period). That's all there is too it. Our community lives and breathes patriotism every day. It's not just something we roll out one time a year for a big event and then tuck it away until the next year. Our love of country and community is a 365 (366 on leap year) day event around here. So many have said this time and time again and I do hope that Gallup, NM wins the Most Patriotic Small Town in America. This would be such a nice thing to honor our veterans with.
Reviewed by Benny3940
on September 16, 2013
I am so honored to see Gallup has made it as one of the Top 5 Finalist in the Most Patriotic Category, but in my book we are #1. Gallupians (as we like to call ourselves) are so proud of our heritage and the part our veterans have play in history. No other place will you find a group of veterans like the Navajo Code Talkers, that if not for them, WWII would have continued down it's destructive path for many more years. Also Gallup is the home to Medal of Honor Recipient and POW Survivor Mr. Hershey Miyamura who had been such an inspiration to our entire community. During WWII as all other communities were removing their American Citizen's of Japanese Heritage and taking them to War Relocation Camps, Gallup stood strong and said No you are not taking our citizens and those Americans got to stay in their homes. Where else will you see this but in Gallup, NM. We have our parades and events that honor our veterans, but our patriotism runs deeper then just an occasional parade or 1 time event ours is every day, it's how we live and how we conduct ourselves. I sure do hope that Gallup wins as they should. Thank You.
Reviewed by Jimmylonghair1
on September 16, 2013
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