Seniors Stop In Gallup


This senior always enjoys driving through the Gallup, New Mexico area with all the beautiful red rocks and interesting terrain. This city on Hwy I-40 lies 139 miles west of Albuquerque and 25 miles east of the Arizona border.

Route 66 and many Indian reservations are the major attractions for senior travelers who are attracted to the area.  I always enjoy driving through the area with all the beautiful red rocks and interesting terrain.

The city was founded in 1881 and was named after David Gallup, a paymaster for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.

 Indian Capital of the World


Gallup is often known as  the “Heart of Indian Country” and sometimes called the “Indian Capital of the World”, for its location in the heart of Native American lands, and the presence of Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and other tribes.

One-third of the city’s population has Native American roots. Gallup’s nickname references the huge impact of the Native American cultures found in and around Gallup.  There are many American peoples in the Gallup/Four Corners region.

By far the most numerous are the Navajo, who are today widely regarded for their achievements in wool, with original Navajo rugs and blankets (both new and antique) sought by private collectors and museums throughout the world.


Seniors Attend Inter-Tribal Ceremonial

Every August Gallup plays host to Native Americans from across the United States in a massive Inter-tribal ceremonial, The 90th Annual Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup.

People come from all over the world for this spectacular event, and whether you’re eight…or eighty, it’s an experience senior visitors will not forget.


Here is one colorful site with tons of information on the city.  Gallup is a fantastic place to begin your New Mexico adventure. Whether your interests lie in culture, history, sports and outdoor activities, shopping, or exploring the beauty of the Southwest, you’ll find that Gallup has it.

Trading companies seem to congregate in Gallup. Windfield is a “biggie” and note the beautiful gold and turquoise neckwear on the site. Squash blossom necklaces are always a good buy. And don’t miss the Red Rock Balloon Rally.

I’ll leave you today and hope to see you in Gallup. Seems like there is always more to learn about an area or a city wherever you travel in the world.  Seniors, enjoy your stay in Indian country.  jeb

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