Route 66

Day 8: Santa Fe NM to Gallup NM

Route 66: Day 8 Santa Fe NM to Gallup NM

Postcard from Gallup, New Mexico

As planned I took the Route 66 eastbound to catch up with what I missed yesterday (not much in reality) before heading back west towards Albuquerque for a Breaking Bad nostalgia stop and from there further west to Gallup on the external border of the Navajo Nation. It added up to a monster 429 miles. Too much in one day.

From Albuquerque onwards, right after the city borders, the landscape became that familiar, wild, fierce, uninhabited desert, seen in uncountable films and tv series: burned ground, sparse, scattered vegetation, long never-ending roads and an unreal spectacular sky. Like a movie.

Remind to self: sunscreen. Ouch.


Driving the Route 66: Walter White's house in Albuquerque.
Driving the Route 66: Walter White’s house in Albuquerque.


Driving from Santa Fe to Gallup Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Gallup, NM

  • Red Roof Inn Gallup, 3304 West Highway 66, Gallup, NM, 87301 A clean and safe option whenever in Gallup.

Where to eat and what to see between Santa Fe, NM and Gallup, NM

  • Walter White house3828 Piermont Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. A must-go place if like me you are a Breaking Bad fan. Fun fact: the current owner had to build a fence to avoid tourists reliving that famous scene where Walter throws a pizza on his roof. Lol.
  • Virgie’s Restaurant & Lounge, 2720 W Historic Highway 66 Gallup, NM 87301 a couple of minutes off the highway decent place with friendly service and fresh Mexican food.


Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup
Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup. Long empty roads

Driving from Santa Fe to Gallup FAQ

How many miles are from Santa Fe to Gallup?

From Santa Fe to Gallup there are 200 miles. I took the Route 66 eastbound to catch up w ending up driving 429 miles

How long does it take to drive from Santa Fe to Gallup?

You can get from Santa Fe to Gallup in 3 hours. Due to a large detour and a few stops for pictures and such, it took me almost 9 hours.

What’s the best thing about driving from Santa Fe to Gallup?

The best thing about driving from Gallup to Bluff is that you are driving through the desert and all its incredible landscapes. It feels like being in one of these Breaking Bad episodes.

What are the major attractions along the way in a road trip from Santa Fe to Gallup?

I know it might sound stupid but (aside from the incredible experience of driving in the desert), visiting these Breaking Bad locations, including Walter White house, was pretty cool and probably the highlight of this leg.

What type of car is best to drive from Santa Fe to Gallup?

Any car would do it. The roads are 100% paved and in great conditions.

Can you drive an electric car from Santa Fe to Gallup?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Gallup, make sure your EV is enough charged. You don’t wanna be stranded in the desert. There are 129 public EV charging stations in Santa Fe including 26 DC Fast Chargers, 8 of which are Tesla Superchargers.
Here some EV charging station available in Santa Fe:
– Tesla Supercharger, 8380 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507
– Electrify America Charging Station, 5701 Herrera Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87507. Phone: (833) 632-2778
– ChargePoint Charging Station, 402 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Phone: (888) 758-4389


Route 66 pictures: photos taken from Santa Fe to Gallup

Route 66 Santa Fe to Gallup: the desert
Route 66 Santa Fe to Gallup: the Breaking Bad desert

Route 66 Santa Fe to Gallup: the Breaking Bad desert
Route 66 Santa Fe to Gallup: the Breaking Bad desert

Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup: solitary ride
Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup: a very solitary ride

Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup: a very solitary ride
Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup: a very solitary ride

Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup: an abandoned motel
Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup: an abandoned motel

Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup: the desert
Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup: the desert

Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup:  Mexican dinner in Gallup
Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup: Mexican dinner in Gallup

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