Gallup, New Mexico: Navajo Travel Indian Statue

Wears a headdress, carries a hatchet, is clad in sensible Indian clothes. The plaza also features giant arrows stuck in the ground, and a mini-museum inside with old restored gas pumps. 2018: Knocked down by strong winds; owners plan to restore; still MIA in 2020.

Navajo Travel Plaza

3370 W. Hwy 18, Gallup, NM
Navajo Travel Plaza. I-40 exit 16, northwest side.
June 2018: Downed in wind storm, will return. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Navajo Travel Indian Statue

March 14, 2020 -- statue is still gone.

[Sherri, 03/14/2020]
Indian Statue

We went on May 19, 2018, and the statue wasn't there. There is a trading post, and oversized arrows in the parking lot, but no statue.

[Tiffany Thompson, 05/26/2018]

Indian statue.

Indian Statue

Nice looking statue, but not a Muffler Man.

[Roger Sleight, 01/01/2015]

Muffler Men are merely the best-known clan among America's many roadside colossi.


Indian Statue

Lots of big red arrows are stuck in the back parking lot! The Indian was cool, but we couldn't take a picture with him, as he faces the street on a rock pile.

[April N, 09/30/2013]

Along with the Indian statue and big arrows, the Navajo Travel Plaza exhibits a mini-museum in its gift shop with old cars and gas pumps.

Indian statue.

Indian Statue, Giant Arrows

The Indian statue still stands outside the Gallup Navajo Travel Plaza. A bonus here is that the travel center is ringed with giant arrows to grab your attention. The travel plaza is owned by local Navajos. It is a tribute to their marketing skills that they overlook the fact that the Indian statue is wearing Plains Indian clothes and headdress -- something you'll never see anyone wearing in New Mexico.

The travel center gift shop is a mini-museum with three perfectly restored old-style gas pumps, an old truck, and a mint-condition 1950 Buick.

[Wm Breiland, 08/20/2011]

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