A Region Reinvesting In Itself

Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is a $1 billion water infrastructure project currently under construction that will convey a reliable municipal and industrial water supply from the San Juan River to the City of Gallup. Once completed, City of Gallup will receive 7,500 acre-feet per year.

US-491 Road Improvements

The US-491 Road Improvement project is a $150 million project that will expand the width of US-491 over a corridor length of approximately 69 miles by constructing two new lanes adjacent to the two existing lanes. US-491 is the primary north-south highway in northwest New Mexico. It serves as a vital link in the state’s transportation system for the commercial, recreational, tourism, commuter and local traffic traveling to and from the Four Corners quadrant, including the City of Gallup.

Geographic Advantage

The City of Gallup / McKinley County region offers easy access to hundreds of major domestic and international markets. With close proximity to California, Texas, and Mexico, its strategic Southwest location offers you face-to-face connectivity to a massive customer base within a few hours of travel.

Gallup, NM to US Metropolitan Cities

Albuquerque, NM 135 Miles
Phoenix, AZ 285 Miles
Las Vegas, NV 430 Miles
Denver, CO 580 Miles
Los Angeles, CA 646 Miles
Oklahoma City, OK 675 Miles
Dallas, TX 780 Miles
Chicago, IL 1,468 Miles
Atlanta, GA 1,520 Miles
New York, NY 2,120 Miles

regional transportation map



Interstate 40 connects Gallup to both coasts of the United States. I - 40 is the third-longest major east-west Interstate Highway in the United States. I-40 intersects with eight of the 10 primary north-south interstates. For example, Interstate 25 is accessible two hours east at Albuquerque and extends to both the Mexican and Canadian borders.

US 491 and state highways form the backbone of the road network serving the City of Gallup / McKinley County region. The primary network roads listed below are maintained by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

Interstate, US and State Highways in McKinley County

Highway Direction Start/End Points
I-40 East - West Wilmington, NC to Barstow, CA
US 491 North Gallup, NM to Shiprock, NM and Cortez, CO
NM 371 North Thoreau, NM to Crownpoint, NM to Farmington, NM
NM 602 South Gallup, NM to Zuni, NM


TransCon Rail

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad’s South TransCon track connects the Gallup / McKinley region to the Pacific Ocean oriented - Port of Long Beach and the Gulf of Mexico oriented - Port of Houston, as well as ports of entry at the Mexican and Canadian borders. BNSF operates a major rail yard in downtown Gallup.


Amtrak offers passenger rail service for the City of Gallup / McKinley region, providing east-bound service to Chicago, IL and west-bound service to Los Angeles, CA.


Local: Gallup Municipal Airport

The Gallup Municipal Airport, a general aviation airport, is owned and operated by the City of Gallup. The services provided include a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Gallup Flying Service, Federal Express, Gallup Med Flight, Budget Car Rental, and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

Runway Direction Length (Feet) Surface Weight Limit
6/24 7,316 by 100 Asphalt Single Wheel - 45,000 lbs
Dual Wheel - 55,000 lbs

Source: Federal Aviation Administration

International: Albuquerque International Sunport (135 Miles)

Albuquerque International Sunport is the largest commercial airport in the state of New Mexico. The Sunport is served by six major commercial carriers: American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United and US Airways, and offers nonstop service to 27 cities. The Sunport moved over 62,000 tons of cargo in 2011.

Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation | 102 W. Hill Avenue, PO Box 1795 | Gallup, NM  87301
Phone (505) 722-2980 | Fax (505) 722-2987