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Gallup's numerous trading posts, galleries and shops offer a unique blend of Native American Culture with a rich abundance of authentic Indian and Southwest Hispanic arts and crafts. The landscape is beautiful beyond words, with red mesas to the north and east, and the mountains and painted deserts of Arizona to the west. An incredible selection of ancient Indian ruins, stunning scenic attractions, and fascinating historic sites are within a 90-minute journey from your vacation headquarters in Gallup. No trip to the southwest is complete without experiencing this area of New Mexico.
See where one thousand years ago, the inhabitants of Chaco Canyon built monumental public buildings, straight roads and ceremonial kivas. Pueblo Bonito, the most magnificent of the buildings, contained more than 600 rooms and towered four stories tall. For 300 years, Chaco was the center of this culture that united a vast area of the Southwest. The park is a designated World Heritage Site. Thirteen major Chacoan sites dominate the canyon floor and mesas. Park facilities include a visitor center, museum, short walking trails to the major sites and four backcountry hiking trails.
Take Highway 371 northeast until you reach the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Entrance.
There are 110 trading posts, shops and galleries in Gallup, making the town the undisputed Southwestern center for authentic Native American art. The Hubbell Trading Post, 50 miles northwest of Gallup, is one of the oldest continuously operating trading posts on the Navajo Nation.
Learn more about these famous codes at the Navajo Code Talkers Museum in downtown Gallup at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce.
Visitor Information Center: 1-800-242-4282 • (505) 863-3841
Route 66 and Coal Avenue are the principle sites of most gallery and trading post activity in Gallup. A stroll down Route 66 will give you a sense of the historic and harmonious blend of cultures for which Gallup is well known.
Has an elevation of 7,000 feet and encompasses 640 acres. It offers a large campground equipped with electrical and water hookups, picnic areas, restrooms and showers.
Zuni Pueblo is the largest inhabited pueblo in the United States. It was built upon the ruins of the ancient site of Halona, one of the fabled “Seven Cities of Gold.” Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, located near the center of the pueblo, was originally constructed in 1629 and was rebuilt in 1968. Zuni is a vibrant pueblo, where some 10,000 industrious people continue to till the fields and herd their sheep and cattle. The pueblo’s many artisans work in their homes, creating the outstanding, world-renowned Zuni silver work inlaid with turquoise, shell and coral, as well as miniature stone carvings called “fetishes.” A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center has two hundred exceptional artifacts on “loan” from the National Museum of the American Indian. They provide a walk-through glimpse into the Zuni past while portraying the relationship between the tribe and the outside world.
Turn south on Highway 602 and enjoy a visit to the Zuni Pueblo.