Route 66

Day 9: Gallup NM to Bluff UT

Route 66: Day 9 Gallup NM to Bluff UT

Postcard from Bluff, Utah

Took a little detour from the Route 66, heading 170 miles north, to southern Utah, via Colorado.
If yesterday was a Breaking Bad kinda landscape, today I drove straight into a western movie set: New Mexico and Colorado boasted the usual long, empty, easy to drive highways, entering Utah the roads got twisted, the rocks closer, the heat higher.

Things I would have never expected to do in my life and I’ve accomplished today:

  • doing a laundry in an empty, ghostly automatic laundromat in the southern Utah desert
  • Celebrating July 4th in a town in Utah with a total population (90) smaller than the population of my building
  • Being in Utah

Also: happy birthday mom.


A diversion from the Route 66: driving all the way to Bluff, right before the Monument Valley.
A diversion from the Route 66: driving all the way to Bluff, right before the Monument Valley.


Driving from Gallup to Bluff Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Bluff, UT

  • Mokee Motel, US-191 & 5th W, Bluff, UT 84512. One of my favorite motels of all times. Charming little roadside owner-operated motel, reasonably priced and perfect to visit the Monument Valley.

Where to eat and what to see between Gallup, NM and Bluff, UT

  • Twin Rocks Trading Post913 Navajo Twins Dr, Bluff, UT 84512 a gallery / gif shop with tons of Navajo art pieces. There is a cafe in case you need some refreshment after a long drive.
  • Bluff Fort550 Black Locust Ave, Bluff, UT 84512 an Historic Site with free admission and the chance to learn something about the Mormon pioneers that came to this region in the late 1800s


Gallup to Bluff. Long roads
Gallup to Bluff. You can’t even see the end of these roads

Driving from Gallup to Bluff FAQ

How many miles are from Gallup to Bluff?

There are about 170 miles from Gallup to Bluff.

How long does it take to drive from Gallup to Bluff?

It takes about 3 hours. It took me longer, about 5-6 hours due to a few stops for pictures and gas.

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

You drive through the desert. It feels like you are in a western movie set.

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

The desert itself. Once entering Utah it gets even more iconic.

What type of car is best to drive from Gallup to Bluff?

You can drive any car, the road are fully paved but, depending on the season, the weather might be a factor to consider. When I was there the temperature was pretty high.

Can you drive an electric car from Gallup to Bluff?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Bluff, make sure your EV is enough charged. You don’t wanna be stranded in the desert. There are 33 public EV charging stations in Gallup, The city of Gallup in New Mexico has 33 public charging stations including 15 DC Fast Chargers, 8 of which are Tesla Superchargers.
Here some EV charging station available in Gallup :
– Tesla Supercharger, Gallup, NM 87301. Phone: (877) 798-3752
– Electrify America Charging Station, 1650 W Maloney Ave, Gallup, NM 87301. Phone: (833) 632-2778


Route 66 pictures: photos taken from Gallup to Bluff


Gallup to Bluff landscape
Gallup to Bluff: a western movie landscape

Route 66: Gallup to Bluff. A western movie landscape
Gallup to Bluff: same western movie landscape as before

Gallup to Bluff
Approaching Bluff: the western movie enters its climax

Gallup NM to Bluff UT: trading post in Bluff
Gallup NM to Bluff UT: trading post in Bluff

Gallup NM to Bluff UT: indians
Gallup NM to Bluff UT: I told you it was a western movie…

Gallup to Bluff: a great motel in Bluff
Gallup to Bluff: a great motel in Bluff

Gallup to Bluff: Bluff
Gallup to Bluff: downtown Bluff

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