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
354 feet

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips





washed out

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.

9 days ago

Beautiful trail! It is sad that much of the bridges and trail were washed away by flooding, but we were able to climb over some boulders to get down to the water and cross over the creek. We had so.much fun exploring parts of the washed out trail. It is a gorgeous canyon . After our hike we enjoyed lunch in the shady picnic area by the creek. The bridges and some of the rocky areas could be hard on a dog’s feet. Also the hot asphalt parts of the trail that were in the sun got pretty hot and we had to carry our dogs. It is truly a beautiful place. I hope they are able to rebuild the whole trail.

1 month ago

Great trail, the first 1/2 mile on the Catwalks is neat, then definitely go down the stairs at the end of the Catwalks and find your way upstream to a couple little waterfalls and swimming holes. You can walk upstream or find the trails on either side of the creek. It’s cool to see the effects of the flood and the burnt trees that it carried downstream. We hiked 2 1/2ish miles upstream to where the whitewater trail intersects. There was some climbing, but pretty easy-moderate over all. Not too crowded and there was minimal litter, which we picked up of course. We picked up only 3 pieces of trash the whole hike.

2 months ago

We took our 10, 7 & 4 yo... the paved area was not really a hike... more like a steep walk. When we got to the end we decided to climb down to the river. For our return we went bouldering, along and through the river to find our way back to the crossover bridge. What was a boring walk turned into a fun hike.

we went Mem wkd... there were A LOT of people by hiking std and most were hanging out for the day in the river w/ their kids & dogs. If you enjoy a min. peeps kind of trek... it was fairly busy.

2 months ago

Very nice hike, however a lot of the trail is washed away.

2 months ago

5/21/2018..took our teenage boys here to experience a short walk in the forest....the trail beyond the fiberglass bridge has been damaged due to some previous flood, Yet the water level in creek was so low that we found a way to walk in creek for 3 miles. There was a pleasant breeze in canyon and plenty of shade. very enjoyable day for the teens. Carry your water/snax.

4 months ago


5 months ago

The trail is great up to where it’s washed out. The road to the trail was also flooded with about a foot of water in two locations. We drove about 4 hours out of the way to do this hike so slightly disappointed that only half of it was possible to see. It is incredibly scenic. The government needs to upgrade the road to the trail and the portions of the trail that wash out.

7 months ago

This is a beautiful pocket of nature that you should take the time to check out, definitely worth the drive I made from El Paso.

9 months ago

I hiked this trail several times before the floods destroyed it. I haven’t been back since they rebuilt it but it is my understanding that it has been completed. The canyon and views were beautiful. Well worth the time.

11 months ago

Cat Walk was an amazing hike! Although the railing is broken off from time to time, there was always another path to take, keeping our eyes on the railing above. We would have made it almost all the way (only 0.5 mile left), if it hadn't been for time restraints. We took our dogs, but there was only so far that they could join us. Overall an amazing family time adventure!

11 months ago

Do some research about the history of this trail and area Needs a little more rebuilding but worth the effort.

11 months ago

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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

Monday, April 03, 2017

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!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

We made it an awesome adventure!!!

Monday, October 31, 2016

This was a fun beautiful shortl trail.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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.

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