Not only can you watch it being made, but you can participate in the eating as well. After all, really, what else can one do with a humongous Navajo Taco?
Building of the BIG Navajo Taco is set for September 10th in Gallup, beginning at 10 am at the downtown Courthouse Square. Sponsors of this once-in-a-lifetime event are Virgie’s Restaurant, Jerry’s Café, Coal Street Pub, Don Diego’s Restaurant, Sammy C’s Rocking Sports Pub and Grill, Taco Bell, Badlands Grill, Anthony’s Taste of the Southwest, Bueno Chili, New Mexico Sysco and Coca-Cola.
Of course, there’s more than the World’s Largest Navajo Taco going on.
The day begins with a Family Trail Ride, 7-9 a.m., from the Gamerco Trail Head on the High Desert Trail, sponsored by Adventure Gallup & Beyond; and the Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension from the Fox Run Golf Course at 7:30 a.m., sponsored by Red Rock Balloon Rally.
Bring your own shotgun and shells and create some noise in the Wild West Trap Shoot at the Gallup Shooting Range, 9-11 a.m., sponsored by the Gallup Shooters Club. The cost is $4 per round for targets or clay birds.
From 9 a.m.-noon, Kokopelli Adventures is sponsoring Rock & Ropes Community Rock Climbing at the Gallup Rock Climbing Area.
The Historic El Morro Theater will feature Billy the Kid movies from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., free of charge, sponsored by the City of Gallup and El Morro Theater.
Following the vanishing (that is, the joyful eating) of the World’s Largest Navajo Taco from the Courthouse Square, Indian Dancers will entertain 2-3 p.m., sponsored by Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial; and the Gunslinger Blues Guitar Contest, sponsored by De Chaves Music and featuring Levi & The Plateros, begins at 4 p.m.
The Sunset Pyramid Hike is 6:30-8:30 p.m. along Pyramid Trail at Red Rock Park, sponsored by Adventure Gallup & Beyond (bring your own flashlight and water); and the day’s activities conclude downtown with the Wild West Arts Crawl & Shoot Out, 7-9 p.m., featuring a shootout on Coal Street between Second and Third.
When Route 66 came through town in 1926, numerous motels and service business joined the dozens of Indian Trading Posts that sprouted up displaying Native American arts and crafts to the many travelers along the Mother Road. Many of these vintage trading posts can be seen today, along with galleries, gift shops, old motels, and restaurants along historic Route 66 in Gallup.
In 1937, a Gallup icon was born when the El Rancho Hotel was built by the brother of the movie magnate, D.W. Griffith. The hotel quickly became the temporary home for many Hollywood stars as well as a stopping point for tourists driving on old Route 66.
If You Go
Located a little over 2 hours away from Albuquerque, Gallup is easily found on I-40 near the Arizona border. Since I-40 follows the old Route 66, it’s easy to do the Route 66 on and off hop, exploring pieces of the Main Street of America along the way. If you decide to stay overnight in Gallup, there’s plenty of lodging choices. Enjoy!