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

To Opt-In and get text reminders before each walk text SFWALKS to 77948

The Santa Fe Walking Collaborative, convened by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, wants to help you to walk more!  We’ve put together 25 in-town walks on trails near Santa Fe’s parks and 5 hikes on dirt trails from May through October 2019.  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 *protected email*.

Download the Vamonos 2019 Flyer

Download en Español

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

Vamonos Hikes
2nd Saturdays of the month (Except in September when it’s on the 28th ), plus Aug. 31
10 am -11 am (approximately)

May 11th “Find a View” Meet at Upper Canyon Road and Cerro Gordo Road and walk from Cerro Gordo Trailhead. Moderate to difficult hike on a dirt trail
June 8th “Take a Kid Hiking Day”, St. John’s Trailhead to “The Knob,” (Meet at 1160 Camino De Cruz Blanca). A moderate hike on a dirt trail
July 13th “Find Water” Meet at Upper Canyon Road and Cerro Gordo Road and walk from Cerro Gordo Trailhead. Easy hike on a dirt trail
August 10th “Find Ancient Petroglyphs”, meet at 662 Paseo Real and hike around the La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs. A moderate hike on rough terrain

JUST ADDED!!! August 31st “Rail History Walk”, a part of the 2nd Annual New Mexico Railroad History Celebration. Meet at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 555 Camino de la Familia, to join us for this guided walk visiting historic sites of interest in and around the Railyard. 

September 28th “Scavenger Hunt!,” meet at Old Agua Fria Rd E and scavenge Arroyo Hondo Open Space. Easy hike on a dirt trail
October 12th “Bird Watching With Audubon!”, meet at Hyde Park Road (Nun’s Curve 1 mile past Ten Thousand Waves) and walk and bird watch Little Tesuque Open Space. Easy Hike on Dirt Trail

La Familia’s Take a Walk on the Southside
2nd Tuesdays of the Month (Bilingual)
6 pm- 7 pm
All hikes meet at 6599 Jaguar Drive and go from the Southside Library to Arroyo Chamiso Trail
May 14th
June 11th
July 9th
August 13th
September 10th
October 8th

Wellness Walks
3rd Wednesdays of the Month
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
All walks meet at Avenida Cristobal Colon and Agua Fria Street and go from Larragoite Park to the Railyard via
the Acequia Trail

May 15th Munay Halfon of Of Origin Yoga (bilingual)
June 19th Drs. Julie Martinez and Patrick Samora of Family Medicine Partners of Santa Fe
July 17th Drs. Julie Martinez and Patrick Samora of Family Medicine Partners of Santa Fe
August 21st Jodi Medell, Physical Therapist Of Integration Therapy, LLC
September 18th Dr. Sue Katz of La Familia
October 16th Presbyterian Hospital Doctor

Walk with Our Elders
3rd Fridays of the Month
10:00 am- 11:00 am
All walks meet at 1121 Alto Street and we’ll walk in Bicentennial/Alto Park
May 17th
June 21st
July 19th
August 16th
September 20th
October 18th

Walk with a Notable Local
4th Tuesdays of the Month (Except in October when it’s on the 1st)
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
May 28th, Mayor Alan Webber, meet at 200 Lincoln Ave. and walk from City Hall to the River Trail
June 25th City Councilor Renee Villarreal, meet at 2001 Agua Fria Street and walk from Frenchie’s Field to Bicentennial/Alto Park
July 23rd DJ Honey Harris of KBAC meet at 2001 Agua Fria Street and walk from Frenchie’s Park to Siler Rd.
August 27th City Firefighters, meet at 6796 Jaguar Drive and walk nearby Tierra Contenta at Fire Station No.8
September 24th State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, meet at the east side of the Capitol Building: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail and walk to the River Trail
October 1st State Game Commission Chair Joanna Prukop, meet at Patrick Smith Park, 1010-1098 E Alameda St. and walk to Delgado along the River 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 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. The combined effort resulted in a series of walks from May through October 2018 called VÁMONOS: Santa Fe Walks. Over the course of the walks over three hundred people joined in and made it a successful pilot program.

With help from the Land Trust Alliance and a grant from Falling Colors, Vámonos has expanded in 2019. In the first month, one hundred and sixty-two people have come walking with us. We anticipate tripling the number of walkers and hikers this year over last. With four walks and one hike a month, May through October, there is something for everyone. We offer hikes on dirt trails, Wellness Walks, Elder Walks, Walks with Notable Locals and Walks on the Southside. We have volunteers and staff on every walk so that no one is left out and all paces are accommodated. 

Members of the 2019 Santa Fe Walking Collaborative include the convener Santa Fe Conservation Trust, the City of Santa Fe, City of Santa Fe Senior Services. Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Hutton Broadcasting, La Familia Medical Center, Falling Colors, Santa Fe Alliance for Science, Prestidigital Media, Que Suave and Radio Lobo.

 

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