A free urban walking program on public trails in the Santa Fe community.

The Santa Fe Walking Collaborative, convened by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, wants to help you to walk more!  We’ve put together 42 in-town walks on trails near Santa Fe’s parks from May through October 2018.  They are free, last about an hour, and are led by interesting Santa Feans.

Would you be willing to volunteer for one of the walking tracks below?  It would mean committing to one walk a month for six months.  Or, can you commit to a handful of walks at times that work for you. Let us know which dates you can commit to by writing gro.t1534419488cfs@o1534419488fni1534419488.

Want to walk with us? Visit the Vamonos sign-up page or feel free to “just show up!”

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Why Walk?

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health.  Walking can provide numerous benefits by helping manage your weight, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthen your bones and muscles, protect against chronic disease and much more.  In addition to the benefits of walking, studies have shown that being outside in nature can boost your immune system, improve your mood, and lower stress.  Walking–even a little bit to start and working up to 30 minutes to an hour several times a week–is all it takes to start improving your sleep and circulation, support your joint health, and decrease your risk of developing a serious health issue such as coronary heart disease or type II diabetes.

Why Vámonos?

Santa Fe has many options for in-town walks.  And VÁMONOS offers a couple of walks a week that you can join in on.  Get to know Santa Fe’s beautiful parks and trails, and meet others who like to walk by joining us on a free VÁMONOS walk.  Group walking will help you stay motivated and meet others who like to walk.  We have all levels of walkers, so you can walk at your own pace.

The Schedule

Walk with a Doc—Southwest Care Center
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Santa Fe River Trail, in front of Southwest Care Center Clinic on W. Alameda St. in the Casa Solana shopping center.
May 1 – Dr. Ken Stewart, MD, Family Medicine
June 5 – Dr. Laurence Shandler, MD, Pediatrics
July 3 – Dr. David King, DO, Pediatrics
Aug 7 – Dr. Michael Chartrand, MD, Internal Medicine
Sept 4 – Dr. Laura Dwyer, MD, Specialty Care
Oct 2 – Dr. Sarah Fatland, DO, Family Medicine

Walk with a Notable Local
5:30-6:30 pm
Note:  The Southside Farmers’ Market will be operating at this location on Tuesdays, July 3 through September 25 from 3 to 6 pm
Plaza Contenta, 6009 Jaguar Drive (across from Cesar Chavez Elementary School) to the Tierra Contenta Arroyo de los Chamisos Trail towards Swan Park
May 22— The Honorable Alan Webber, Mayor of Santa Fe
June 26 – Santa Fe City Councilor Roman Abeyta
July 24 (FM) – Santa Fe City Councilor JoAnne Vigil Coppler
Aug 21 (FM) – Rey Gonzales, Fire Marshall, City of Santa Fe, with other fire fighters
Sept 25 (FM) —  Julie Ann Grimm, Editor, Santa Fe Reporter said yes, will plug in once other dates figured out
Oct 23– Mariah Runyan, Principal, Capital High School

Walk with a Community Health Worker (se habla espa̴̴ñol)
5:30-6:30 pm
Plaza Contenta, 6009 Jaguar Drive (across from Cesar Chavez Elementary School) to the Tierra Contenta Arroyo de los Chamisos Trail towards Swan Park
May 15—Alondra Hernandez
June 19—Evelyn Rios
July 17 (FM)– Alondra Hernandez
Aug 28 (FM)—Marisol Santiago
Sept 18 (FM)—Marisol Santiago
Oct 16—Christie Horowski

ADA/Seniors Walk
10:00 – 11:00 am
Bicentennial Park in front of the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center(1043 Alto Street)
May 18—Hope Reed, Retired Access Specialist
June 15—Anthony Alarid, Deputy Director of the Governor’s Commision on Disability
July 20—Victoria Buckingham, Feldenkrais Practitioner, Movement Educator
Aug 17—Victoria Buckingham, Feldenkrais Practitioner, Movement Educator
Sept 21—Victoria Buckingham, Feldenkrais Practitioner, Movement Educator
Oct 19—Monica Montoya, Brain Injury Advisory Council-Coordinator

Family Walk
9:00 – 10:00 am
Railyard Park Community Room to Acequia Trail, unless otherwise noted
May 12—Tammy McLellan, Santa Fe Children’s Museum
June 9—Tammy McLellan, Santa Fe Children’s Museum
June 9—Take a Kid Hiking Day, Santa Fe Conservation Trust
July 14—Tammy McLellan, Santa Fe Children’s Museum
Aug 11—Anne Nelson, Railyard Park Conservancy
Sept 8—Anne Nelson, Railyard Park Conservancy
Oct 13—Anne Nelson, Railyard Park Conservancy

Early Morning Walk with the Faith Community
7:00 am
Bicentennial Park in front of the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center (1043 Alto Street)
May 9 – Carolyn Silver
June 13 – Rev. Harry Eberts, First Presbyterian Church
July 11 – Rabbi Neil Amswych, Temple Beth Shalom
Aug 8 – Rev. Blaine Wimberley, Zia United Methodist Church
Sept 12 – Rev. Gail Marriner, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Fe
Oct 10 – Rachel Ryer, Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center

Walk with a Doc–Christus St. Vincent
5:15 pm
Locations:  half at the Christus campus trails on St. Michael’s Drive, half at Villa Linda Park (east of the Santa Fe Place Mall).
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Campus Trail Walks will meet up in the parking lot just off of Hospital Drive at the main hospital campus
(455 St. Michael’s Drive)
May 17—SFCT Staff                           CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital Campus Trail
June 21—Matt Jackson, MD                        Arroyo Chamiso at Villa Linda Park
July 19—Michael McKinney, MD               Arroyo Chamiso at Villa Linda Park
Aug 16—Martin Ruiz, MD                           CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital Campus Trail
Sept 20—Luis Rigales, MD                          Arroyo Chamiso at Villa Linda Park
Oct 18—Jennifer Chittum, MD                  CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital Campus Trail

Would You Like to Volunteer?

We need a couple of volunteers per walk to sign people in, do exit surveys, and walk with anyone who might need help.  Click here to sign up.

What is the Santa Fe Walking Collaborative?

Last August 2017, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust asked many community partners to join in an effort to improve public health, expand the use of city parks and public trails, and encourage and facilitate regular outdoor exercise by providing residents with knowledge and connections to existing walking and trail resources.  At first, we weren’t sure if the effort would result in the resurrection of a project called Prescription Trails.  There was definitely interest, but the health care providers wanted something a little easier to implement, so we started focusing on a national program called “Walk with a Doc.”   To augment Walk with a Doc, SFCT organized additional walking tracks.  The combined effort has resulted in a series of walks from May through October 2018 called VÁMONOS: Santa Fe Walks.

Members of the Santa Fe Walking Collaborative include the convener Santa Fe Conservation Trust, the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico Department of Health, Southwest Care Center, Christus St. Vincent, La Familia Medical Center, Presbyterian Health Service, the Santa Fe Indian Hospital, The Railyard Park Conservancy, New Mexico School for the Deaf, and Prestidigital Media.

Vamonos Articles & Resources

Walking

https://walkwithadoc.org/

https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/north-west/oldham-lets-go-for-walk

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261?pg=1

https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/exercise/workouts/walking/wow-of-walking.php

https://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2015/09/11/daily-walk-benefits.aspx

https://geriatricnursing.org/arthritis/

Nature

https://news.stanford.edu/2015/06/30/hiking-mental-health-063015/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/01/call-to-wild/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100723161221.htm

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/how-nature-resets-our-minds-and-bodies/274455/

News

http://ksfr.org/post/sfct-s-vamonos-program-wants-get-santa-feans-moving

http://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/santa-fe-city-councilors-propose-walking-collaborative-to-improve-city-health/1073433278

https://santafe.com/kbac/podcasts/sarah-noss-of-the-santa-fe-conservation-trust-talks-about-vamonos

 

Upcoming Events

Aug
16
Thu
8:30 am Dale Ball Trails Workday @ Sierra del Norte Trailhead
Dale Ball Trails Workday @ Sierra del Norte Trailhead
Aug 16 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Dale Ball Trails Workday @ Sierra del Norte Trailhead | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Meet at Sierra del Norte Trailhead (a/k/a “The Corral”) on Hyde Park Rd. at 8:30 am to take care of maintenance needs on Dale Ball Trails – North Section.   We will work til around 11:30[...]
5:15 pm Christus St. Vincent Walk with a...
Christus St. Vincent Walk with a...
Aug 16 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Christus St. Vincent Walk with a Doc
A free urban walking program on public trails in the Santa Fe community. The Santa Fe Walking Collaborative, convened by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, wants to help you to walk more!  We’ve put together[...]
Aug
17
Fri
10:00 am ADA/Seniors Walk @ Bicentennial Park
ADA/Seniors Walk @ Bicentennial Park
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
ADA/Seniors Walk @ Bicentennial Park | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
A free urban walking program on public trails in the Santa Fe community. The Santa Fe Walking Collaborative, convened by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, wants to help you to walk more!  We’ve put together[...]
Aug
21
Tue
5:30 pm Walk with a Notable Local @ Plaza Contenta
Walk with a Notable Local @ Plaza Contenta
Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Walk with a Notable Local @ Plaza Contenta | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
A free urban walking program on public trails in the Santa Fe community. The Santa Fe Walking Collaborative, convened by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, wants to help you to walk more!  We’ve put together[...]
Aug
28
Tue
5:30 pm Walk with a Community Health Worker @ Plaza Contenta
Walk with a Community Health Worker @ Plaza Contenta
Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Walk with a Community Health Worker @ Plaza Contenta | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
A free urban walking program on public trails in the Santa Fe community. The Santa Fe Walking Collaborative, convened by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, wants to help you to walk more!  We’ve put together[...]

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