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 town, though not my place of birth. The town adopted me many years ago and I could only show them my love in return. When I returned from Vietnam in 1972, I had already faced many hardships and much discomfort directly related to my service by the time I got to Gallup. Here I was welcomed by many, much like the prodigal son in the Bible and my love for this town and the people in it grew by leaps and bounds. My involvement with Veterans Helping Veterans has been inspirational for me and I participate as often as possible in their many acts of service around town. VHV has a large "membership" that meets every other week to listen to the latest news for veterans and to enjoy the friendship shared with many of the others in attendance. Not an official organization, VHV is the largest group in Gallup serving those that have served, numbering well over 100 at every meeting. In an area known for its' patriotism - our local VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic serves over 1,400 veterans each month - the men and women of VHV stand tall and proud in duty and in service. We are united in our memories and love of country, regardless of branch of service or ethnicity. And every member loves to greet a newcomer with a very personal, "Welcome Home!"
Reviewed by gallupsports
on September 3, 2013
I was born in Gallup and it is my hometown. It is old but that means it is full of history. I appreciate the Native Americans because of their artistic talents. There is no other place in the world to find the stories, culture, traditions, artistry, and beauty of the Navajo people than in Gallup, NM. Gallup is the hub for local shopping, restaurants, and the Flea Market to buy authentic hand-made Native American art & jewelry, music, cuisine, clothing, and much more. Gallup also offers must see events like the annual Balloon rally, Indian Ceremonial, and the Navajo Nation Fair in nearby Window Rock, AZ. Many people pass through Gallup because of the Historic Route 66, but few actually stop to explore all that it has to offer.
Reviewed by ellemarie
on September 3, 2013
Gallup, NM is my hometown and has the most veterans per capita that I know of. Gallup also has a program called Veterans helping Veterans which no other town has. The Veterans here are awesome. God Bless America, and God Bless Gallup, New Mexico
Reviewed by mlpirlot509
on September 3, 2013
I'm proud of Gallup's history and the people like Hershey Miyamura who have helped write it.
Reviewed by swkennedy
on September 3, 2013
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Gallup in this contest. We have had an amazing run on this and don't worry, we are not done yet and I look forward to the remaining judging in this amazing contest. Gallup has had the support of some amazing organizations and individuals to include our Governor and NM Tourism Dept., The Medal of Honor Society, the Marine Corp. League in Montana, my new friend David with the Vets Helping Vets in Texas, the Gallup Veterans Helping Veterans organization in which I am so honored to be a member, the City of Gallup, the Gallup Chamber of Commerce and Gallup Rotary Club, the Gallup McKinley County Schools System, many Gallup news medias, my son Daniel and his friends and family in California along with my son Eric and my amazing staff at the Comfort Suites along with my other friends in California and many others who voted on a daily basis to keep Gallup in the running for the Most Patriotic Small Town in America. Mostly I wanted to thank my wife Retha who has put up with me these past 2 months with my favorite saying "Have You Voted Yet" I am still waiting on that T-Shirt. We live Patriotism every day in Gallup and honor our amazing veterans. I again Thank everyone who has voted for Gallup and supported this effort. Ken Riege
Reviewed by kpriege
on September 3, 2013
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