Walk with the Mayor in Tierra Contenta, May 22

Vámonos: Santa Fe Walks completed its inaugural year of community walks on accessible urban trails in October.  The walking collaborative began activities in May and built momentum over the Summer and into the Fall, finishing with a total of over 300 participants in 35 events.

The most successful of the seven monthly tracks was Southwest Care Center’s “Walk with a Doc,” which tallied over 100 walkers on Tuesday evening strolls on the River Trail, despite having to cancel its final outing due to weather in October.


Take a Kid Hiking Day, part of the “Family Walks” track, at the Petroglyphs, June 9

Also popular, with 50 or more participants each, were walks with Community Health Workers, which were held in English and Spanish on the Arroyo de los Chamisos Urban Trail in Tierra Contenta; Senior Walks on the River Trail starting at the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center in Alto Park; and Christus-St. Vincent’s “Walk with a Doc” outings, which were split between walks on the new trail around Christus-St. Vincent Hospital and outings on the Arroyo de los Chamisos Trail starting at Villa Linda Park.  Other monthly tracks included “Walk with a Notable Local” on Tuesday evenings in Tierra Contenta, Saturday morning “Family Walks” in the Railyard Park, and the early Wednesday morning “Walk with the Faith Community” on the River Trail.  Seven of the originally-planned 42 outings had to be cancelled due to weather or lack of participation.

Walk with a Community Health Worker, Tierra Contenta, June 19

Among survey respondents, the vast majority of walkers – 85% – were female, and most were between the age of 55 and 75.  Over one-quarter (28%) identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino.  Nearly 40% of survey respondents indicated that they only engaged in vigorous physical activity once or twice per week, and 100% stated that they would like to participate in another community walk.

“Walk with a Doc,” SW Care Center, on the River Trail, June 4


The Santa Fe Conservation Trust will meet with its Vámonos partners in the near future to determine a shared approach to continue this popular “community conservation” activity in 2019.  A big thank you goes out to all of our partners and especially the walk leaders and volunteers who stepped up to make this first year a success.


Walk with the Faith Community on the River Trail, with Rabbi Neil Amswych, June 5

Walk with a Doc, Christus St. Vincent, Villa Linda Park, July 19

Walk with a Community Health Worker, Tierra Contenta, July 17

Walk with a Community Health Worker, Tierra Contenta, July 17

Seniors Walk on the River Trail, Aug. 17

Walk with a Community Health Worker, Tierra Contenta, Aug. 28

SW Care, Walk with a Doc, heading to the River Trail, Sept. 18

Seniors Walk on the River Trail, Sept. 21

Seniors Walk on the River Trail, Oct. 19

Walk with a Doc, Christus-St. Vincent, on the hospital campus trail, Oct. 18