The Catwalk National Recreation Trail

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The Catwalk National Recreation Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glenwood, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.0 miles
462 feet

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips





Hike loop trail into canyon over Whitewater Creek using bridges and catwalks Standing between the entrance pillars with your back to the parking lot, the trailhead is ahead to the far left. There are historic signs and restrooms at the trailhead. There are also signs and distance markers along the trail, but no restrooms. Follow the paved main trail. At 0.18 miles There is a T-intersection and a bridge on the right. Take the trail to the right, cross over the bridge and turn left. At 0.36 miles you come to the first catwalk platform and another T-intersection. Go left at the T-intersection to return to the start. The trail will alternatel between dirt/rock and steel catwalk.

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1 month ago

It's a great hike!! Beware, if you take cat walk up, lots of bikers are headed downwards and you'll only have a few seconds to step out of the way…it's all uphill too lol
Toothpick breaks into multiple other trails and overall is a wonderful hike!

1 month ago

Perfect for kids and families. Bring water hiking sandals and have the kids wear swimsuits.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Easy hike through a beautiful canyon. Series of catwalks add to the interest.

4 months ago

As good as it gets! My favorite trail. Have been going there since I was a kid.

4 months ago

Ridiculously amazing and gorgeous! Definitely obligatory if you're in the area, BUT MAKE SURE TO CALL AHEAD IF IT HAS RAINED THEY WILL CLOSE THE ACCESS ROAD!

5 months ago

We made it an awesome adventure!!!

9 months ago

This was a fun beautiful shortl trail.

9 months ago

Nice walk in a cool canyon and see some water running in the desert.

10 months ago

11 months ago

You can have your dogs on leash here. Lots of points to cool down in the stream. The first mile is paved then catwalk so can be wheel chair accessible. Beyond that you can keep hiking but there points where you climb or narrow paths so be extra careful.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The first part of the trail is wheelchair accessible and very scenic, at the top of the trail there is a suspension bridge that crosses the river very worth the hike.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I absolutely love this place. I grew up fishing this creek, and I hope they are able to get it back to accessible conditions after last years floods. I always extend this hike by several miles fishing up stream accessed at the swinging bridge trail 207 not in this app. Enjoy

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Did this trail in 1969. Judging from the other photos, this place has been upgraded.

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Catwalk has been completely removed due to the threat of severe flood damage after the fires this summer in the canyon further up stream. There is no word on when it may be rebuilt. It could be years.