Suspended on a catwalk high above the Whitewater Creek, this is no ordinary canyon trail. It begins in a tranquil, tree-lined picnic area along the banks of the river, and winds up far above, alongside sheer canyons walls. The catwalk origins date back to the late nineteenth century when mining operations built a pipeline for water, which was later used for electrification. Despite the catwalk’s elevation, there is ample access to the river, including swimming holes if you’re undaunted by steep staircases and ice cold water--a perfect adventure on a hot day. The trail is a marvel with unique vantage points and views, both above and below.
The Catwalk National Recreation Trail is located in the Glenwood district of the Gila National Forest, in Glenwood, about an hour north of the town of Silver City, a great base for exploration with wonderful restaurants and galleries, also a launching point for the Gila Cliff Dwellings.