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KGUP - Gallup NM Fly-In

Gallup New Mexico Fly-in


May 19 - 21, 2023

CPA Fly-in Sponsor: Bill Gust

Last day to register is May 12.
Make your hotel reservation by May 12

Gallup is a small city in New Mexico, on historic Route 66. To the east, red sandstone cliffs dominate Red Rock Park, home to Anasazi archaeological sites from around 300 A.D. Here, Red Rock Museum focuses on Anasazi heritage, with displays of pottery and silver. In the city, Gallup Cultural Center has Native American crafts and cultural exhibits. The Rex Museum covers local history, including railroad and mining.

Friday, May 19th

Plan to land at the Gallup airport (KGUP) at 2 PM. We’ll stay at the historic El Rancho Hotel on Route 66 where the movie stars stayed. Happy hour will be there but dinner will be on your own at any of the numerous restaurants close by.

Saturday, May 20th

Drive (1hr) to El Morro National Monument. This is a well-kept NM secret. We’ll see the Visitors center and those interested can do some hiking.  El Morro National Monument 

The Inscription TrailA must–see! You will definitely want to take this trail past hundreds of Spanish and Anglo inscriptions, as well as pre–historic petroglyphs. It will be easy to see why El Morro was proclaimed a National Monument. This loop trail is paved and 1/2 mile in length.

The Headland TrailThis 2–mile loop includes the Inscription Trail and continues to the top of the bluff. There, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Zuni Mountains, the volcanic craters of the El Malpais area, and the El Morro valley. A 250 ft. elevation gain and the uneven sandstone surface make this a slightly strenuous hike. Another reward for hiking the Headland Trail is the Ancestral Puebloan ruin, Atsinna, or “place of writings on rock”. Between approximately 1275 to 1350 AD, up to 600 people lived in this 355-room pueblo. Its location was strategic— near the only water source for many miles and located atop a nearly impenetrable bluff.

Saturday Afternoon: Lunch. We’ll visit the Navajo Code Talkers Museum, Gallup Cultural Center and the Rex Museum. Then comes Happy Hour, a group dinner at the historic El Rancho Hotel and Ice Cream!. 

Sunday, May 21st
After breakfast, return to airport for the flight home.

Registration is under the Fly-in Activities menu on the CPA website. The last day to register is May 12. The registration cost of $75 per person covers the three rental cars and fuel. We do need a couple of volunteer drivers, so please let us know if you are willing to drive.

Make your hotel reservation as soon as you can. Because of their unusual requirements for blocking a group of rooms, we have opted not to block any for this trip. You can book your own room directly with the hotel by calling them at 505 863 9311. Rates are $119 for a single King or $129 for a double Queen. Do this ASAP to make sure you get a room!

Friday, May 19, 2023 to Sunday, May 21, 2023
Gallup Municipal Airport
GALLUP, NM  87301

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
William Gust
719481-3230 (p)
719-482-6810 (c)
CPA Fly-in Sponsored
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Attendees pay for their own charges