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.

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
I have been a Gallup resident for 20 years now. One of the things I continue to be struck and humbled by in this community is it's patriotism. From the many young students involved in school JROTC programs every day, to the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo Marching bands always playing Sousa marches at parades, to the veterans and Code Talkers being honored on several occasions each year, and a strong Vets helping Vets program, to our residents in nursing home facilities still showing pride in our great nation through ceremonies, songs and reminiscence. Each 4th of July evening, I can think of nothing more meaningful than standing among the red mesas alongside the first Americans. We are not simply "oohing" over the beautiful firework show. The cheers and applause are most definitely celebrating pride our country's freedom! It is truly an experience like no other I've witnessed elsewhere in the country. I'm also fortunate to have an office view of the Navajo Code Talker Mural and am reminded every day of the sacrifices that so many of our Native American population have always made to protect our country. I think Gallup is most certainly deserving of being named as the most patriotic small town in America.
Reviewed by MusicToni
on September 16, 2013
I am a lifelong Gallup, NM resident and proud member of the Gallup Veterans Helping Veterans. We are a large group of veterans and supporters of veterans who so much appreciate all the support our group receives from our community. We have been asked to participate in just about every event in Gallup to include our Memorial Day Parade and events, Lions Club Rodeo, the National Jr. High Rodeo Finals, the Wild Thing Bull Riding event, The 92nd Annual Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial, 4th of July Events and fireworks, plus many other community events where we have been asked to post colors. The local schools always ask for us to participate in their events and love to have our group go and do flag folding ceremonies for the kids. I know Gallup is the most patriotic small town in America and I wouldn't live anywhere else but here.
Reviewed by silvaphillip
on September 16, 2013
Gallup, NM is the Most Patriotic Small Town that I have ever been too. It was such an honor marching in the Ceremonial Parade and all the Thank You's and Standing Ovations we received. I am also so impressed by the patriotism in our children. The kids love to stand up and salute us and shake our hands. This happens everywhere in Gallup. As the manager of the Comfort Suites all of our guest arrive to many American Flags around the property and yellow ribbons tied to the trees which state, "Until the Troops Come Home." I even had one guest ask me how long we will be keeping the ribbons on the trees, and my reply was, "well as the ribbon states, until the troops come home." Any guest staying there that are active duty military or veteran always receive a hand shake, a "Thank You" and a "Welcome Home" and an American Flag. As a veteran of the USAF, I know how important it is to receive an American Flag, especially from another veteran.
Reviewed by comfortsuites
on September 9, 2013
Being from just outside of Gallup & proud of our most patriotic Code Talker, I am very proud of my father & 5 uncles who served in the Korean & WW II wars Gallup has always been and continues to be the social gathering place & economic "hub" for the Navajo people.
Reviewed by cbelone
on September 3, 2013
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