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.
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- on August 6, 2013
- As my wife and I entered the Comfort Suites in Gallop, New Mexico in early 2013, I was amazed to see the Memorabilia of the Navajo code Talkers. My further investigation revealed that the Manager, (Ken Riege) was a veteran from the U> S. Air Force and has been helping veterans for many years. A street in Gallop was named after a Medal of Honor recipient from the Korean War: Mr. Miyamura. As a tourist to the town of Gallop, New Mexico, i do feel very much at home in this Patriotic American Small Town. This ole Marine body feels the PRIDE, SPIRIT, LOVE and the BEAUTY of the people of Gallop, as I walk along the streets and parks especially noteworthy are the young children saying "Hi" and the American flags waving in the slight breeze: all point to the Patriotism and the pride that this Little Town has for America. With folks like this, I see why Gallop is rated a Patriotic Town. JEH, USMC Korea
- on August 6, 2013
- Gallup, New Mexico has the best chile in the world and is the Indian Capital of the World!
- on August 6, 2013
- usually i get to see my friends @RioWestMall so its pretty cool, & even if that isn't the deal we'd head over to Aztec 5 or Red Rock 6 to watch a flick we had recently watched "Man of Steel" together recently, its the most positive fun, even to skate downtown!
- on August 2, 2013
- Our history states: History Gallup was founded in 1881 as a railhead for theAtlantic and Pacific Railroad. The city was named after David Gallup, a paymaster for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. During World War II, the city fought successfully to prevent 800 Japanese Americanresidents from being placed in wartime internment. Gallup is known as the "Heart of Indian Country" because it is in the middle of many Native American reservations and home to many tribes. We're a young town that came together to prevent 800 people, who were a part of the community to keep them with our community! How patriotic is that!
- on August 1, 2013