Gallop City is in McKinley County, founded in 1881 it is known as the heart of Indian County because it sits in the middle of many Native American Reservations and is home to many tribes. It’s some times known as the Indian capital of the world with one third of the population being of Native American roots. The famous Route 66 runs through the town on the main street and there are so many places to visit and explore. Get the trading post experience, which is unique to Gallop City and still hosts this unique mercantile tradition.
Leave the Motel and walk around the Downtown area, 12 blocks boarded by Route 66 Main Street, Hill Avenue, and the Fourth Street and First Street having the greatest concentration of interesting turn of the century architecture as most of the Trading Posts and Galleries are located here and. promoting authentic arts and crafts plus the famous Dead Pan Jewellery.
Other points of interest are the 1900 Rex Hotel now a museum, McKinley County Courthouse, Historic El Morro Theatre and the new Gallop Culture Centre.
The Culture Centre is located in the restored Historic Railroad Station consisting of a Ceremonial Gallery, the Storytellers Museum, the Visitors Centre and the Kiva Centre all the attractions are free plus they have a Museum Shop and El Navajo Café. Return back to the Motel and prepare for the evenings entertainment.
Leave Motel travel to the Red Rock Park Arena to watch a Rodeo an exciting show of the craft’s of being a Cowboy ranch hand. The Cowboys completed many fetes bare back riding, on Horses and Cattle trying to break the animal’s spirits but mostly being throw off before they do. They have a contest for roping cattle whist on horse back then pulling them down for branding and a similar contest for children but working with sheep. They do many parades with horse drawn carriages and riding shows with the Cowgirls a pleasant evening’s entertainment. Return to the Motel for that well deserved rest.