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.

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.
Reviewed by TomN
on August 26, 2013
Gallup is one of the best tourist places in the US. You can stay there and visit Indian (with a feather not a dot) country. It is surrounded by 4 reservations, within driving distance of many pueblos, best food in the country, and friendly people. The history in the surrounding areas is awesome! It is everything Tony Hillerman wrote about and more! There are ghost towns, beautiful red rocks, fantastic high desert scenery, caves, mountains, archeology sites and most of the people are veterans! They are highly patriotic and love their country and land!
Reviewed by dleahneumann
on August 26, 2013
I've lived here for 15 years. Gallup has become my home in much more than the literal sense. I voted Gallup as the most patriotic small town. The town has an amazing military history, something we are all proud of. If I'm not mistaken, Gallup has the highest percentage of service men and women per capita in the US.
Reviewed by lyermbki
on August 26, 2013
Gallup has the largest Veteran's Day Parade I have ever seen. Participation isn't limited to military personnel. School groups, local business, and various community organizations all show up to honor our nation and the brave men and women who serve our country.
Reviewed by bklumpen
on August 26, 2013
I moved to Gallup in 2001 fell in love and became a volunteer fireman and a medic and I love our little town and culture and always feels like home never felt that in any other states I've lived in ...
Reviewed by drunkenviper
on August 19, 2013
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