Glenwood, New Mexico

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Glenwood, New Mexico
Santo Niño church
Santo Niño church
Glenwood is located in New Mexico
Location within the state of New Mexico
Coordinates: 33°18′49″N 108°53′04″W / 33.31361°N 108.88444°W / 33.31361; -108.88444Coordinates: 33°18′49″N 108°53′04″W / 33.31361°N 108.88444°W / 33.31361; -108.88444
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
 • Total1.54 sq mi (4.00 km2)
 • Land1.54 sq mi (3.98 km2)
 • Water0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
4,760 ft (1,450 m)
 • Total143
 • Density93/sq mi (35.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)MDT
Area code(s)575

Glenwood is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Catron County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 143.[1] The area was founded in 1878 as Bush Ranch. Located near the San Francisco River, Glenwood is 61 miles (98 km) northwest of Silver City on U.S. Route 180, and is 38 miles (61 km) south of Reserve.


The first house was built in Glenwood in 1878 on the Bush Ranch, later renamed White Water for the creek that runs through it. When it was a stage stop the town was called Glenwood Springs, and in 1901 the town was formally named Glenwood. New Mexico's first powered airplane flight happened in 1909 near Glenwood.[2]

In the 1930s Glenwood was the site of several mild earthquakes.[3]

The Catwalk[edit]

The catwalk

In 1889 silver and gold was discovered in the Mogollon Mountains above Whitewater Canyon, just east of Glenwood. Several mines were developed, and ore was hauled in wagons to a mill at the mouth of the canyon. The town of Graham was founded in the mountains, and water was needed to operate the electric generators. It came from a pipeline reaching up into the canyon, and was held onto the rock walls of the canyon with timbers and iron bars that were in constant need of maintenance. Workmen dubbed it the Catwalk, and today it is operated as part of the Glenwood Ranger District of the Gila National Forest.[4] Today it is the site of the one-mile Catwalk National Recreation Trail, a universal access walking trail which follows the route of the old pipeline, clinging dramatically to the side of Whitewater Canyon often a dozen feet or more above Whitewater Creek.[5]


Glenwood is home to the Gila National Forest Glenwood Ranger Station and the Glenwood State Trout Hatchery.[6]

The community is served by the Glenwood Public Library.


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Glenwood CDP, New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Mazzio, J. (2003) Glenwood — for outdoor lovers Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. SouthernNewMexico.Com. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  3. ^ (2003) Earthquakes in New Mexico and the Socorro Magma Body. New Mexico Tech. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  4. ^ (nd) Some history of Glenwood and Graham, New Mexico Archived 2007-04-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  5. ^ "Catwalk Recreation Area". USDA Forest Service. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  6. ^ (nd) Glenwood Archived 2007-06-21 at the Wayback Machine. New Mexico Magazine. Retrieved 6/11/07.