The Cat Walk, Gila National Forest, New Mexico

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The Catwalk, Gila National Forest, NMThe Catwalk National Scenic Trail is located about an hour north of Silver City, NM in the Gila National Forest. Coming from Silver City, take Highway 180 to the small town of Glenwood, then take Highway 174, the road ends at the Catwalk.  

The drive to the Catwalk is very scenic with spectacular high desert vistas.  You go from the dry desert low-lands to a forest full of trees and the change from one world to another is amazing!

The Catwalk trail is about a mile long, try to arrive early in the day, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy the sights. Catwalk bridge

The entrance to the Catwalk trail is pretty tame but you don’t have to go far before you enter a canyon with high walls and a rushing stream below, “Whitewater Creek”.   Plank-board “catwalks” have been replaced with very sturdy steel walkways.

The catwalk trail twists and winds it’s way up the canyon, over splashing waterfalls and still pools, very picturesque, don’t forget your camera!

Catwalk bridge

There is plenty of parking available at $3.00 per vehicle, paid at a self-pay station.  No visitor center, but there are out-house facilities.

I highly recommend this day-trip!

Remember to bring water, food, good walking shoes, comfortable clothing and a first-aid kit for emergencies and just-in-case, a few survival items.

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Catwalk waterfall

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