El Rancho Hotel & Motel

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El Rancho Hotel
Nocturnal Hotel El Rancho.jpg
El Rancho Hotel & Motel is located in New Mexico
El Rancho Hotel & Motel
Location Gallup, New Mexico
Coordinates 35°31′46.32″N 108°43′17.84″W / 35.5295333°N 108.7216222°W / 35.5295333; -108.7216222Coordinates: 35°31′46.32″N 108°43′17.84″W / 35.5295333°N 108.7216222°W / 35.5295333; -108.7216222
Built 1936
Architect Joe Massagalia
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
MPS Downtown Gallup MRA
NRHP Reference # 87002222[1]
Added to NRHP January 14, 1988

El Rancho Hotel, Gallup, New Mexico, is an historic hotel built by the brother of film director D.W. Griffith. It is located on old U.S. Route 66 and became the temporary home for many Hollywood movie stars.

It is on the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.[2]


It opened in 1937 as a base for movie productions. Employees were trained by the Fred Harvey Company.[3]

With the opening of Interstate 40, the property fell into decline. Armand Ortega bought and restored the property.[3]

Famous guests[edit]

Headquarters for films[edit]

El Rancho Hotel lobby

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Trail of the Ancients. New Mexico Tourism Department. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  3. ^ a b El Rancho Hotel-Route 66: A Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary

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