Vamonos

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.

Want to walk with us?  Contact the Santa Fe Conservation Trust at  info@sfct.org or call the office at (505) 989-7019.

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
The first Tuesday of every month from 5:15 to 6:15 pm
Santa Fe River Trail on West Alameda Street, across from Casa Solana
May 1– Dr. Sarah Fatland
June 5– Dr. Larry Shandler
July 3– Dr. Michael Chartrand
Aug 7– Dr. Ken Stewart
Sept 4– Dr. David King
Oct 2– Dr. Laura Dwyer

Walk with a Notable Local
The fourth Tuesday of the month from 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—Mariah Runyon, Principal, Capitol High School
June 26—Rey Gonzales, Fire Marshall, City of Santa Fe, with other firefighters
July 24 (FM)
Aug 21 (FM)
Sept 25 (FM)
Oct 23

Walk with a Community Health Worker (se habla espa̴̴ñol)
The third Tuesday of the month from 5:30-6:30 pm (except for August, which will be the last Tues of the mo)
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—Eleanor Rios
July 17 (FM)—Alondra Hernandez
Aug 28 (FM)—Marisol Santiago
Sept 18 (FM)—Marisol Santiago
Oct 16

ADA/Seniors Walk
The third Friday of the month from 10-11 am
At the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center at Bicentennial Park (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
Second Saturday of the month from 9-10 am
Railyard Park to Acequia Trail, unless otherwise noted
May 12—Anne Nelson
June 9 (Take a Kid Hiking Day on the Dale Ball Trails)
July 14—Tish Wilson
Aug 11—Anne Nelson
Sept 8—Ellen Biederman
Oct 13—Janice Vascot

Early Morning Walk with the Faith Community
Second Wednesday of the month at 7 am
Bicentennial Park (1043 Alto Street)
May 9 – Rabbi Neil Amswych
June 13– Rev. Harry Eberts
July 11– Rachel Ryer
Aug 8 – Rev. Blaine Wimberley
Sept 12—Rev. Gail Marriner
Oct 10—

Walk with a Doc–Christus St. Vincent
3rd Thursday of the month at 5:15 pm  Locations:  half at the Christus campus trails on St. Michael’s Drive, half at Villa Linda Park on the Arroyo Chamiso Trail into Nave Ade.
May 17—Lauren Sims, DO                           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.