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.  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*.

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

2020 SCHEDULE COMING SOON!

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?

In 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 expanded in 2019.  With held four walks and one hike a month, May through October: hikes on dirt trails, Wellness Walks, Elder Walks, Walks with Notable Locals and Walks on the Southside.  Volunteers and staff attended every walk so that no one was left out and all paces are accommodated.  Over the course of the year, we had 542 walk participants.  All 2019 walks added together comes to a total of 97.2 miles!

Members of the 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, AARP, Que Suave Radio 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

 

 

 

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