Gallup is in McKinley County
, and in the Northwest New Mexico
region (of which it is the county seat). west of Albuquerque
between Thoreau and the Arizona state line along Interstate 40 near the Cibola National Forest
With a population of arround 20,000, Gallup is the largest American Indian center in the Southwest. Trading posts featuring unique Native American jewelry, baskets, hand-woven rugs and other Native American crafts cover the city. Unique geological landscapes with wind-carved sandstone and red rock canyon walls make Gallup a truly unique city.
The Zuni, Acoma, Laguna, Navajo and Hopi pueblos as well as the ancient Anasazi ruins in Chaco Canyon and Canyon de Chelly are all within a two hours drive.