The mother town on New Mexico's Mother Road seems stuck in time. Settled in 1881, when the railroad came to town, Gallup had its heyday during the 1950s, and many of its dilapidated old motels, pawnshops and billboards have barely changed since the Eisenhower administration.
Just outside the Navajo Reservation, modern-day Gallup is an interesting mix of Anglos and Native Americans. Tourism is limited mostly to Route 66 road-trippers and those in search of Native American history. Even with visitors, it's not exactly crowded, and at night it turns downright quiet.
Gallup has started to capitalize on its outdoor attractions, and a growing number of mountain bikers come to pedal on the surrounding red mesa tops.