About Prescription Trails

About Prescription Trails


Prescription Trails is a program designed to give all health care professionals tools to increase walking and wheelchair rolling on suggested routes, targeting and promoting healthy lifestyles for families.

To make sure that people engage in appropriate levels of physical activity, healthcare providers assess their patients for readiness to start or maintain a walking program and then write tailored prescriptions based on their current physical condition. Walking programs can contribute to the treatment and prevention of a number of chronic conditions such as diabetes, depression and high blood pressure.


Prescription Trails currently has programs in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe, and other communities in New Mexico, many of which have active coalitions that support the local program. Each coalition has developed a collection of tools to help patients fill their prescriptions, including a Prescription Trails walking guide booklet to local "approved" parks and trails, with photos and detailed information about park locations, amenities, and trail ratings.

Our Organization

Prescription Trails is managed by New Mexico Health Care Takes On Diabetes, a coalition of local organizations that works to reduce the negative health effects associated with diabetes among New Mexicans.


Initial funding was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additional funding was provided by community partners, local foundations, and numerous hours were provided in-kind by the partners.


  1. Trail Assessment Sheet
  2. Paper Walking Log
  3. Citations


The new Prescription Trails website and database project was a huge undertaking. Thanks to all who contributed!

Jake Mayfield - coding, planning, design, and indexing

Andrea Nanez - Indexing and translation

Jason Welch - Indexing

The Prescription Trails project would have been impossible without its dedicated director and support staff:

Charm Lindblad - Executive Director

Anna Dykeman - Anna Dykeman Creative Services, annadykeman@msn.com

Andrew Parker - Source3 Computing


Thanks to the organizations that made this project possible!


Several open source frameworks were used in the development of this website. Please see this page for information on attribution.