McKinley County, located in the heart of the Colorado High Desert Plateau, is the meeting place of many cultures: American Indian, Hispanic, European American, and most recently, Middle Eastern. People of many traditions have historically gathered in Gallup for purposes of trade, cultural exchange, religion and entertainment.
Gallup, known as the Indian jewelry capital of the world, hosts thousands of visitors every year who come to shop and to experience the local Navajo and Zuni cultures in terms of their arts and their history. They also come to experience historic Route 66, which runs down the center of town and is lined with historic businesses such as restaurants and motels from the heyday of the "Mother Road."
The city has 23 public parks, one public swimming pool, 12 tennis courts and one 18-hole golf course. The Gallup Recreational Center has a weight room, an indoor archery area, and programs which serve all ages. The Gallup Sports Complex is a cluster of 4 fields that are used for Little League, men's/woman's softball, soccer games and other community events. There is also a facility for rock climbing and a shooting range. Annual local events include authentic Indian dance and music groups sponsored by the City of Gallup every evening at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day in the Court House Square.
Beyond Gallup, adventurous locals and visitors take to the numerous biking and hiking trails located in Red Rock Park, the Cibola National Forest and the Zuni Mountains. There are also museums of interest, including the NavajoNation's museum in nearby Window Rock, AZ, and the A'shiwi A'wan Museum located in the Pueblo of Zuni. Nearby events include the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, held annually in August at Red Rock Park, featuring dancers, a rodeo, and juried art show. There is also the annual Red Rock Balloon Rally, held in December.
Visit the Gallup Chamber of Commerce at http://www.thegallupchamber.com/index.htm for more information.