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Hiking Pyramid Rock
Red Rock Park, Pyramid Rock & Church Rock Trails
With elevation from 6,660′ to 7,487′, Pyramid Rock Trail is the highest point in the Red Rocks vicinity. This 3 mile round trip trail takes you past amazing rock formations and the summit is surprisingly large and roomy providing a breathtaking panoramic view of the beautiful surrounding landscape. Church Rock Trail, 2 miles round trip, begins at the Outlaw Trading Post parking lot and takes you towards spectacular views of the Church Rock sandstone spires.
Directions from Gallup: Travel 6 miles east on Route 66 (Hwy 118), turn left (north) onto Hwy 566, after .5 mile turn left again into Park Entrance & follow signs to Pyramid Rock Trail or the Outlaw Trading Post.
The spectacular red cliffs which frame the Park on three sides began formation 205 million years ago, during the Mesozoic era, sometimes referred to as the Age of the Dinosaurs. Several archeological sites in the Park record the presence of the Anasazi, a prehistoric farming culture which developed and persisted in the area from A.D. 300 to 1200. From 1700 to the present, the region has been sparsely inhabited by the Navajo Indians.
Red Rock Events
The Park provides the perfect backdrop to Gallup unique event schedule including the Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, Lions Club Rodeo, Red Rock Team Roping, and the Red Rock Balloon Rally.
360 Degree Views
The Park allows visitors access to hike to the top of Pyramid Rock and Churchrock – two features that define the high desert and provide a 360 degree view of the Four Corners. The Pyramid Rock trail, Gallup’s flagship trail, is a 3 mile round trip trail takes you past amazing rock formations and the summit is surprisingly large and roomy providing a breathtaking panoramic view of the beautiful surrounding landscape. The trail features the crafty and artistic work of the Gallup Youth Conservation Corps and was designed by world famous trail engineer, Strider Brown. The trail has way signs that describe the geographic, cultural, and historic aspects of the area.
Learn more about trail development in Gallup, McKinley County, and the Zuni Mountains from our friends with Gallup Trails 2010.