Red Rock Park
Red Rock Park is the crown jewel of Gallup’s parks and recreation system cradled by spectacular red cliffs formed over 200 million years ago in the Age of the Dinosaurs. Several archeological sites in the Park record the presence of the Ancestral Puebloans, a prehistoric farming culture which developed and persisted in the area from A.D. 300 to 1200. From 1700 to the present the region has been sparsely inhabited by the Navajo Indians.
In the Red Rock Museum interpretive exhibits chronicle the lives and culture of the Ancestral Puebloans as well as the present-day Zuni, Hopi and Navajo. The Museum houses permanent displays of Kachinas, pottery, rugs, silver, and turquoise as well as traveling art exhibits.
The park combines a glimpse into past civilizations with modern amenities to serve the needs of contemporary residents and guests. The park offers comfortable campground facilities with electrical and water hookups, picnic areas, restrooms and showers. There is also a camp store and post office on-site. Call (505) 722-3839 for information and reservations.
The 5,000 seat Red Rock Arena is well-suited for outdoor performances including rodeos and other activities. The lighted arena can be configured for roughstock and timed-event performances and there are approximately 600 permanent horse stalls. The convention center has a theatre, meeting rooms and exhibit space.
Red Rock Park is proud to present a full slate of sports, entertainment and cultural events. Rodeo events feature prominently throughout the summer months. The annual Lions Club Rodeo is ranked with the best in the state of New Mexico. For the past several years, the nation’s best youth cowboys and cowgirls have competed in the Red Rock arena at the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo. The USTRC team roping series comes to Gallup in July, as well as perhaps the most anticipated event when bull riding stars gather to “Rock the Rocks” at the Wild Thing Bullriding Championship.
Every year for nearly a century, Gallup has been the site of the world famous Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial celebrated in August. Native American tribe members attired in colorful dress perform traditional dances and music, display jewelry and crafts, and tempt visitors with authentic cuisine. The Ceremonial Rodeo filled with Native performers is also a highlight each year. The modern ceremonial has added new activities such as a wine-tasting and ceremonial half-marathon and 5Krun.
The Red Rock Balloon Festival takes flight the first weekend of December each year. As one of the world’s largest balloon rallies, you can expect.