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 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
- on September 3, 2013
- I have lived in Gallup for 19 years. My family moved when I was very young and I can't think of a better place to grow up. I can recall playing during the summer nights on the street and not having to worry about a thing. I can honestly say that this is a "small" town with a huge history. And what keeps me falling in Love with it is that we have a huge ethnic diversity. We don't let our differences tear us apart, we are united because of them. This is the place where many cultures hug each other, where we care about our neighbors and welcome new people in. Patriotism around here is not a show, it is not something that we pull out twice a year, it is not an emotion, but it is something that runs through our veins as hot as our blood. It keeps us praying for the family and friends that continue to fight for our freedom. It motivates us to walk straight and tall with our head held up high. Our Veterans are important and so many. We owe so much to them, they are truly the heroes of this town. I am a proud sister of a young Marine. My brother is now a Senior in high school and has enlisted early to the Marines. For my family and I, it is an honor to have a Marine, the first one in our family. I thank God for making this beautiful town the place I call HOME.
- on August 28, 2013
- I have lived in this town all my life and would never want to call any other place "home". I admire the respect and honor that is given to all veterans, both young and old. This little diamond in the rough called Gallup outshines all other cites by far. I wouldn't change a thing.
- on August 28, 2013
- i have lived in Gallup all my life, growing up with my four younger brothers, we have memories there; when we were kids we would hang out a lot at the playground! Its very nostalgic for me, but now that i am grown up! I have made some of the most positive friends @RioWestMall and UNM-Gallup where i go to college, now we do booking for shows, music acts, and promotion of many sorts! I am so happy to posit love, work, and ethics in this town. Everyone else is welcome! AMERICA!
- on August 28, 2013
- As a military member I have never been in a town that so many people have sincerely come up to me and said "Thank You!" What a warm feeling you get when this happens over and over. This is one very patriotic town! God Bless.
- on August 26, 2013