“Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler Man

Gallup, New Mexico

New MexicoRoadside Attraction

Muffler men roadside attractions are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar design and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass in Venice, California. With signature stances, these big fiberglass men stood outside of muffler shops and other businesses to call attention from the road. And the “Dude Man” cowboy muffler man in Gallup, New Mexico definitely calls your attention from the road! While he isn’t directly located on Route 66 you can still sneak a peek at him from the main drive.

Known as “Dude Man” by locals, the cowboy muffler man in Gallup stands on the roof of John’s Used Cars. The fiberglass giant wears blue pants, a red and white western button up shirt, and a white stetson cowboy hat. Around his waist is a holster packed with a pistol. And, if you look closely, you’ll spot a few bullet holes he’s endured over the years.

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“Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler man in Gallup, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction

“Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler Man

Address:
John’s Used Cars, 416 W Coal Ave, Gallup, NM 87301

Hours:
9am-5pm (Monday-Friday)
9am-3pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday

Cost:
Free

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“Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler man in Gallup, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction
“Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler man in Gallup, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction
“Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler man in Gallup, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction
“Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler man in Gallup, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the “Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler Man in Gallup, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • The business is open at the posted times but the muffler man is always visible from the road. Gates are closed after hours but you can still admire this Route 66 muffler man from afar.
  • This roadside attraction is located at a working business, so be respectful and ask permission to take photos when approaching.

Where to Stay Near the “Dude Man” Cowboy Muffler Man

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Route 66 hotels in or near Gallup, New Mexico.

Historic El Rancho Hotel

One of the best motels on Route 66, Historic El Rancho Hotel located close to this Route 66 roadside attraction. Sleep where the stars have at this 1940s hotel that has hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars and makers, including Robert Mitchum, Elia Kazan, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, William Holden, Billy Wilder, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Troy Donahue, and more. Photos of the stars are peppered throughout the intricately designed property and each room is themed with a star’s photo and information.

Sands Motel

Sands Motel is a budget-friendly classic Route 66 motel in Grants, New Mexico. The vintage motel has carpeted floors, cable TV, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and WiFi.

Gallup, New Mexico is just a short drive to Arizona Route 66 and the Petrified Forest National Park. Enhance your visit to the area with a tour!

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