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  • 4: Catwalk/Whitewater Recreation Area


    The recreation area is located off of US Hwy 180, about 5 miles north of Glenwood, NM, and signs will direct you (at NM Hwy 174) to turn and go across two low crossings.


    The Catwalk's history began with the discovery of gold and silver in the rugged Mogollon Mountains above Whitewater Canyon. In 1893, the small town of Graham (also known as Whitewater) grew around a mill, located on the west hillside near the present day of parking area. The mill only lasted about 10 years. In mid-1930 the Civilian Conservation Corps rebuilt the Catwalk. The Catwalk bridge system washed away during a 100-year flood in 2014, after the Whitewater-Baldy Fire (2012). It was rebuilt and is now open for approximately .5 miles from the parking lot. This is a very accessible area and easily hiked by all ages. There is a $3.00/vehicle parking fee. The America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Passes are honored here.