Eat.See.Do: Gallup!

Welcome to Anders Group’s weekly location spotlight where we’ll share what to eat, see, and do in some of the most popular Travel Assignment locations! Up this week… Gallup!

WHERE: Gallup, NM

ABOUT: Check out Gallup, NM… this city of 21,000 is right off Route 66! Gallup has so much for the art set and the outdoor enthusiast alike.

Jerry's Cafe



  • Jerry’s Café – New Mexican cuisine at its most authentic! Green or Red chile sauce? You decide, but competition and opinions are fierce! And don’t miss the stuffed sopapillas!
  • Smokey’s – Some of the best brisket, ribs, and green chile mac and cheese… need we say more?
  • Badlands Grill –Try a Bandito steak (New York strip topped with roasted green chili, mozzarella, and cheddar) or the Guinness Beer Brats in this laid back steakhouse with an extensive menu and great service.

Red Rock Balloon Rally



  • Murals in Gallup – take a walking tour to see murals located all over the community. These murals showcase various aspects of cultural influences and community history, like the Navajo Code Talker mural, Japanese Cultural mural, and Long Walk Home mural.
  • Trading Posts – visit Gallup-area’s more than 30 trading posts, displaying and selling unique works of jewelry, textiles, paintings, and more.
  • Red Rock Balloon Rally – this annual event is one of the largest balloon rallies in North America. Every December, see the balloons up close while on the ground, and enjoy the view as 200 balloons fly over the bluffs and canyons around Gallup.


Nightly Indian Dances


  • Gallup ArtsCrawl – this fun community event held the second Saturday of every month from March to December features local and professional art, live music, hands-on crafts, and so much more!
  • Summer Nightly Indian Dances – taking place every evening from Memorial Day through Labor Day, experience traditional dances from area tribes and shop local native artist vendors. You can even participate in dances, and photos are encouraged.
  • Hiking and Biking – there are beautiful single track trails in and around Gallup – perfect for hiking and biking. Check out the Red Rock Park Trails, Zuni Mountains, and Twin Springs Area for great trails and beautiful views.



  • Because of the terrain, the area was a popular film location for Hollywood westerns in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • During World War II, Gallup successfully fought the wartime internment of 800 Japanese American residents – the only city in New Mexico to do so.
  • Gallup is the Indian jewelry capital of the world

Have you been to Gallup? What did you eat, see, and do? Leave your recommendations below!

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