Gallup (Na’nizhoozhi)

Gallup lies on Interstate 40 (Historic Route 66), 139 miles west of Albuquerque and 25 miles east of the Arizona border.  It’s known as the Adventure Capital of New Mexico, Indian jewelry capital of the world and most recently earned the Rand McNally honor as the “Most Patriotic Small Town in America.”

DSC_0025 With Historic Route 66 running through the heart of the city, there’s no shortage of things to do, whether it’s visiting the El Rancho Hotel, “Home of the Movie Stars,” or shopping for authentic Native American jewelry or rugs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Red or Green Chile? Be prepared to answer this question when dining in Gallup!

Gallup is also home to one of the longest running annual events the country.  For nearly a century the Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial has served as a celebration of Native American culture for locals, and both an educational and entertaining event for visitors.

And as the Adventure Capital of New Mexico, hikers and bikers alike should take advantage of the many trails that weave and border Gallup or visitors can opt for a ride in a hot air balloon.

For more information visit:  www. gallupnm.gov or thegallupchamber.com

Grants/Village of Milan, NM

Grants was founded by three brothers (last name Grants) that setup up a railroad camp in the 1880s.  It flourished as a railroad timber hub, but in the 1930s carrots became a hot commodity.  Uranium mines soon entered the scene and remained the dominant industry until the 1980s.  To honor this history, the Mining Museum, located at the Grants Chamber of Commerce, is a must see! (www.grants.org)

Village of Milan

Milan is a suburb of Grants, has grown significantly in the last decade.  During the 2000 Census, the city had a population of 1,891 people but it jumped to 3,245 in 2010.  It may be small, but it’s a warm and thriving community!

Grants:Milanbkgd Village_Hall,_Milan_NM

Lupton, AZ (Tsé Si’áni)

DA_lupton_geodesicNestled in a picturesque copper and gold sandstone canyon, Lupton, Ariz. is located along Interstate 40 and the New Mexico border and is 21 miles southwest of Gallup.  Per 2010 Census, about 25 people call it home.  Hikers can traverse to the top of these “painted cliffs” surrounding Lupton for an up close view of Teapot Rock.

(photos credited to http://www.doney.net)