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Catwalk Trail

Location Glenwood Ranger District, 6 miles from Glenwood on U.S. Highway 180 in Whitewater Canyon.
State(s) New Mexico
Counties Catron
Type Backcountry
Length 1.35 Miles / 2.17 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? Yes




photo: The hanging walkway follows the route of the old water line up the canyon
The hanging walkway follows the route of the old water line up the canyon

"Whitewater Canyon is an incredibly beautiful place, and along with theCatwalk are important contributions to New Mexico's vast array of scenic wonders, both natural and man made," said Fred Peralta, secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department. "The legendary efforts on the part of local and Federal officials to make the Catwalk an experience not to be missed are to be commended."

There is little to remind the modern visitor to the Gila National Forest that a century or so ago life here was full of danger and uncertainty. Struggles raged between the resident Apaches and the newcomers-prospectors, miners, settlers, soldiers, and over-land travelers. Miners, who discovered bonanzas in gold and silver in the Mogollons, never strayed far from their weapons.

Whitewater Canyon was a central point in the mining saga. The town of Graham, also called Whitewater, grew up around a mill built by John T. Graham in 1893. The town survived less than 10 years.

Construction of the water lines was an engineering feat that probably would not be attempted today. Brace holes were drilled into the solid rock walls - sometimes 20 feet above the canyon floor - to hold timbers and iron bars that supported the small waterline along its meandering course. Old records show that the large iron waterline was in constant need of maintenance.

Workmen who had to walk the line to repair damage dubbed it the "Catwalk." All that remains to mark the (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset


Not Available


Additional Information

Width: 40 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil

Secondary Surface: Boardwalk

Average Grade: 6%

Elevation Low Point: 5150

Elevation High Point: 5450

Year Designated: 1978

Date Last Updated: 06/22/2017


Contact Information

Trail Management:

Gila National Forest
P.O. Box 8
Glenwood , NM 88039
(575) 388-8201

Information Contact:
Glenwood Ranger District
P.O. Box 8
Glenwood , NM 88039
(575) 539-2481


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Photo by Mary J. Collins. Photo View/Download
Photo by Mary J. Collins. Photo View/Download
Mary J. Collins. Photo View/Download
YouTube - Catwalk Trail Website View/Download
USFS - Trail information Website View/Download



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