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If you're looking for a historic southwestern resort, look no further than The El Rancho Hotel, which was built by the brother of the movie magnet, D.W. Griffith. Drawn by the many films made in the area, Ronald Reagan, Katharine Hepburn, and Kirk Douglas were among the many stars listed in the guest register. Autographed photos of the stars, Navajo rugs, and mounted trophy animal heads adorn the magnificent two-story open lobby with its circular staircase. As alluring as El Rancho is, there are still countless off-site excursions that you must get a taste of. Soak in the rugged southwestern scenery from the clouds in a hot air balloon, cruise along Route 66 for a ground-level view of the gorgeous landscape, or bike through the rough terrain that Hollywood fell in love with!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 76 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Gallup
  • Nearby Water N/A
  • Open Dates All Year


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The El Rancho Hotel truly encompasses the spirit of the Old West. From its grand lobby to the 49er Bar,The El Rancho offers you the opportunity to relive the Wild West.


The El Rancho is truly the outdoor enthusiast's dream. Home to numerous National, State, and Tribal Parks, this resort offers the opportunity to get up close and personal to one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the United States.

  • Swimming Pool
  • Rock Climbing
  • Karaoke
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Bird Watching
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Banquet Room(s)
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Nearest Airports

  • Gallup Municipal Airport (GUP) / 2.9 miles
  • Holbrook Municipal Airport (HBK) / 88.6 miles
  • Animas Air Park (AMK) / 125.6 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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