Gallup is on Interstate 40, which at this point follows the route of historic Route 66. It is about two hours from Albuquerque. This stretch of road, however, is seemingly under nearly constant construction, and you may have some unexpected driving delays. Dust storms and wind-driven blizzards can also create delays, particularly between Gallup and Grants.
Gallup is served intermittently by Mesa Airlines, a commuter line. The nearest major airport is in Albuquerque. If you're flying into Albuquerque, the distances are such that it's about a toss-up whether it's more time-efficient to take the commuter line or simply drive. As of December 2005, Mesa is not flying into Gallup anyway, but check back occasionally.
The Southwest Chief, the main Amtrak train line across the Southwest, has a station in Gallup.
Although it is a desert, there are high mountain peaks and pristine alpine forests within an hours drive of Gallup. Notables include Mount Taylor(11,301 feet), and the Zuni Mountains.
Gallup has a lot of jewelry stores and crafts stores.
Gallupian cuisine is a mix of traditinal New Mexican food and Native American food. It is generally very spicy.
El Rancho Hotel, 1000 E. Hwy 66, +1-505-863-9311 (+1-800-543-6351 toll free; email: email@example.com), . Self-proclaimed "Home of the movie stars", this kitschy hotel was built in 1937 for the brother of Hollywood director D.W. Griffith and was headquarters for a number of westerns filmed in the area in the 40s and 50s. Its current owners keep the hotel in vintage condition, and if the atmosphere is a little patchy in places, the prices are reasonable and the environment worth the trouble. $58-$86 (1-4 people).