Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 46
Gallup Offers Red
Rock Beauty, Native
The Red Rock
Balloon Rally will
take place Nov.
he city of Gallup is surrounded on all sides by Native American
tribal lands and gorgeous red rock beauty, making it a destination for
outdoor adventures, culture seekers, and art lovers. It is also a strategic location for bus tours, with 40 hotels and more than 100 dining options along
historic Route 66, halfway between Flagstaff, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M.
From an outdoor adventure standpoint, visitors can take on some of the
Southwest's best hiking and biking trails that traverse the red rocks, as well
as the Cibola National Forest. There also are trails for OHV/ATV riding,
and multiple rodeo events a year, most notable of which is WildThing
Championship Bull Riding. This event features some of the best bull-riding
in the nation every year in July, with a huge pyrotechnics show right on the
red rocks. And if you are visiting Gallup in the early winter, the premier Red
Rock Balloon Rally will feature hot air balloons that fly over the red rock
and dip down into the canyons. The stunning event will take place Nov.
30-Dec. 2 this year.
Artistically, more than 70 percent of the world's Native American art sold
is from the Gallup region. This summer, the Second Annual Gallup Native
Arts Market will showcase more than 100 Native American artists who sell
directly to customers from an outdoor festival in the heart of downtown
Gallup. There will also be native dances, music, and live demonstrations
From May through September every summer, the City of Gallup
Lodgers Tax sponsors the Gallup Real True Free Nightly Indian Dances.
This event takes place every night outside of the historic McKinley
County Courthouse. Dance groups from all of the regional tribes dance
nightly in full regalia and explain their traditions and customs.
■ City of Gallup
FIND AN OASIS AT INN OF
THE MOUNTAIN GODS
Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero is frequently referred to as an oasis
in the sky, as the premier resort casino is nestled into the pristine landscape
of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. The breathtaking scenery of the tribal land
inspires the décor and activities of the resort. Guests can expect first-class
customer service and exquisite dining, in addition to casino games and
popular entertainment shows. Enjoy a steak and seafood at Wendell's, or
have a freshly poured beer at the Broken Arrow Tap House. Then, venture
outdoors to enjoy a variety of activities such as golf, hiking, fishing, biking,
zip-lining, hunting, clay target shooting, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, and more.
■ Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
www.innofthemountaingods.com, (575) 464-7780
| www.galluprealtrue.com, (505) 863-1227
Inn of the
Resort & Casino.
BECENTI PHOTOGRAPHY; BOB MATTHEWS AND TERRY HONER, DBA COLORFUL PHOTOS; INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS.