COORDINATING, DEVELOPING, MARKETING, AND CREATING JOBS IN SUPPORT OF ADVENTURE TOURISM IN GALLUP AND NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO

There are a number of partners in Gallup and Northwest New Mexico that work with Adventure Gallup & Beyond. Together, these organizations strive to not only coordinate, develop, and market our region’s adventure tourism assets, but they also aim to create jobs in support of the adventure tourism industry.

Biking, Hiking, Motorsports, and Adventure Events in Gallup

Every year, dozens of outdoor events happen in Gallup, McKinley County, and Northwest New Mexico. These events include road and mountain bike races, motocross, hot air balloon rallies, and more. These events serve as an introduction of our trails to the world outside of Gallup. Without these events, many outdoor enthusiasts would never be able to appreciate what Gallup and Northwest New Mexico have to offer.

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Adventure Gallup Worker Bee Partners

The local organizations, working groups, and programs that provide the sweat equity for trail planning, trail construction, and trail maintenance. Without the support of these groups and individuals, the world-class trails in our community would exist as they do today.

Gallup Trails Shovelman Crew —

Gallup Trails LogoA not-for-profit trails advocacy organization, supported by volunteers that works on trail development and advocacy in the McKinley County area. Gallup Trails has brought international recognition to area assets through support of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and recognition by the NM State Parks winning the “Jessica R. Terrell Award” in 2009 in honor of the group’s accomplishments in developing High Desert Trail System.

Visit their website at www.galluptrails.com where you can become a member of Gallup Trails, the local IMBA Chapter in Gallup.

Youth Conservation Corps Program: Gallup/McKinley County —

NM YCCFunded by the NM Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department and administered by Connections, Inc. – this program puts 70 area youth to work on trail building and restoration projects.

Land Use Partners

The local land jurisdictions, owners, and managers that have granted access for the outdoor recreation trails in Gallup and McKinley County. Through working with these organizations, Adventure Gallup & Beyond is able to establish easements and permission for the development of hiking, biking, climbing, and motorsports trails and assets throughout the county.

Gallup Land Partners —

Gallup Land Partners, LLC is a development group involved with the expansion and growth of McKinley County and Gallup, New Mexico. Their goals are to provide opportunities in job creation, economic stimulus and quality of life. They are involved in Energy, Education, Housing and other Developments in Gallup and the surrounding areas.

City of Gallup —

Under the last two administrations, the City has committed and leveraged a significant investment into the trails and open space program. Over $2.5M has been invested since 2005 utilizing their adopted Trails & Open Space Master Plan. City of Gallup trails and adventure venues include:

  • Red Rock Park – Pyramid Rock and Churchrock Trails.
  • Little Zion – North Hogback Trail System.
  • Gallup Urban Trail System.
  • Route 66 Trail Connector.
  • Rio Puerco/Maloney Trail Connector.
  • Stagecoach Neighborhood Trails.
  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)/Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park — The ATV/OHV Park is on 300 acres of city-owned property near the North Hogback. The city has constructed a fence around the area. The volunteer ATV club Redrock Motorsports Club will manage the facility and organize events.
  • Mentmore Rock Climbing and Recreation Area.

The City of Gallup also received a Legislative appropriation from State Representative Patty Lundstrom to purchase, improve, and maintain this asset. The city constructed a fenced parking lot and has fenced the area. Local climbers have developed more than 50 bolted-to-rope climbs, over 30 of which are sport climbs. A larger potential open space area has been identified that may be leased or acquired to add opportunities for more rock climbing and other activities.

McKinley County —

Continues to help procure and manage several trail easements for area trails including the HDTS easement, several conservation easements, and a new one from Ramah Land & Irrigation Company on a hiking trail project along Ramah Lake.

US Forest Service —

Has supported several projects, trails, and recreation assets in the Zuni Mountains region of the Cibola National Forest – Mt. Taylor Ranger District, including:

  • Strawberry Trail
  • McGaffey Lake and Recreation Area
  • Quaking Aspen Campground
  • Zuni Mountains Trails Partnership: A multi-agency planning effort to create a non-motorized trails and restoration master plan for the entire region and then develop trails in the crown jewel of NM.
  • Hillso Trailhead
  • McGaffey Area Trail System: A newly complete 26-mile singletrack, non-motorized trail system that recently hosted the first NM 24-hour mountain bike endurance race with over 240 riders.

Bureau of Land Management —

Supports several projects, trails, and recreation assets including the Little Zion – North Hogback Trail System, which crosses over BLM lands.

New Mexico State Land Office —

Granted an easement to develop the Pyramid Rock Trail, Gallup’s signature hiking and running trail starting in Red Rock Park.

New Mexico State Parks —

AGB is with Zuni Mountain Trails Partnership to utilize Bluewater State Park as a trailhead and entry point for non-motorized and motorized use into the Forest.

Ramah Land & Irrigation Company —

Granted an easement to McKinley County to develop a scenic hiking trail along the rim above Ramah Lake (a popular fishing hole). AGB helped to apply to the Recreational Trail Program for funding to develop this trail.

Supporting Organizations

The following organizations are either actively supporting Adventure Gallup & Beyond, or have previously contributed to the continued success of our organization in the pursuit of our mission.