Gallup, 2 hours west of Albuquerque

We were pleasantly surprised about all the photographic opportunities we found on our two-day visit to Gallup last winter.

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The beautiful Church Rock in Red Rock State Park.

Downtown Gallup is full of public artwork and galleries.

We went by the downtown visitors center and obtained a map and brochures for walking through the downtown area and its magnificent murals.

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The Navajo Code Talkers’ mural. These marines helped win the war in the Pacific in WWII through their ingenious code. The mural is by Be Sargent.
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The Women’s Multi-Cultural Mural by Erica Fae Sykes.
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The Coal Era Mine Mural by Andrew Butler.
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The Gallup Community Life Mural by Eric Leon Sarracino.
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The Great Gallup Mural by Paul Newman and Steve Heil.
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This is not a downtown mural but a banner on the edge of town.
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The historic El Rancho Hotel. You may also go inside to take photos of the beautiful lobby.
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We drove a short distance into Arizona to the town of Window Rock, the capitol of the Navajo Nation. This enormous code talker statue sits in front of the geologic formation whereby the town gets its name.
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We went in early December to see the beautiful Red Rock Balloon Rally in the morning and the phenomenal Native dancers in the evening.

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