WINTER WALKS 2016/2017


March 18th, 2017
Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area
2439 S Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

theWALK is the inaugural fundraising event for the Museum of Walking talking place on Saturday, March 18th 2017 at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, a former landfill now home to burrowing owls, beaver, over 200 bird species, and lush vegetation in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Focusing on the everyday activity of walking and listening, this 90 minute walk presents an opportunity for the public to experience a culturally and historically significant site with one thousand other people moving together in a mindful way through public space. Unlike other organized walks or races, participants disconnect from cellular devices in order to reconnect the senses. By listening participants create connections and resonance between people and the environment. theWALK encourages contemplation of the cultural and historical significance of the Rio Salado site through meaningful community engagement, public health, wellness, and sustainability awareness.

All proceeds generated by theWALK directly benefit the work of the Museum of Walking including museum exhibitions, artist honorariums, research, artist-led mindful walks, community partnerships, social engagement, and outreach. Additionally, partial proceeds will go to Native American Connections and The Phoenix Indian School Legacy Project.

Please join in supporting the only museum in the United States of America solely dedicated to the act of walking.

Visit MoWtheWALK to become a sponsor, donate, or volunteer for the event. Tickets will be available through this site as well.




Eva Hesse, no title, ink wash and charcoal, 1966

Eva Hesse, no title, ink wash and charcoal, 1966

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Location TBD

Join Angela EllsworthDirector and Co-Founder of Museum of Walking, on a Contemplative Full Moon Walk. 

About February's Full Moon:
Traditionally in North America, the full moon that arrives in February is referred to as the Snow Moon. In most regions, this time of year proves to produce heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures. Some Native American Tribes also call this moon the Hunger Moon as weather conditions prove difficult for hunting during the month. 

We will be announcing additional details and trailhead shortly. RSVP to with the subject line "February Full Moon Walk."




Exhibition catalog for Proportio, Fortuny Museum, Venice, Italy, designed by Tomomot, 2015

Exhibition catalog for Proportio, Fortuny Museum, Venice, Italy, designed by Tomomot, 2015

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Elliot Ramada Loop at Papago Park
625 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Join Angela EllsworthDirector and Co-Founder of Museum of Walking, on a contemplative Full Moon Walk at Papago Park. Participants will meet at 7:00PM at the West Parking Lot located on the west side of Galvin Parkway. As a collective, we will walk Elliot Ramada Loop in silence.

This will be an easy to moderate 2.7 mile hike illuminated by the moon. For extra lighting, feel free to bring a flashlight, and don't forget to pack at least 1 liter of water for the walk. 

For more information on Papago Park including hiking maps and trail description click here

RSVP to with the subject line "January Full Moon Walk."




Giacomo Balla, Dinamismo di un cane al guinzaglio (Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash), oil on canvas, 1912

Giacomo Balla, Dinamismo di un cane al guinzaglio (Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash), oil on canvas, 1912

Saturday, December 17th, 2016
Sunday, January 8th, 2017
Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Hance Park dog park
323 W. Culver Street, Phoenix, AZ

Please join Tania Katan (Writer) and Felix Katan (French Bulldog) for Museum of Walking’s Dog Walk Series. This dog-friendly event will occur three times over the winter and there will definitely be lots of talking!
Participants will meet at the parking lot near the small puppy park at 4:30PM and proceed to walk the park as a pack. At the end of the walk, four-legged friends are welcome to play in either park, while bipedal
 participants socialize.
Safety is always a top priority at walks curated by Museum of Walking. All dogs must be fully socialized and play well with others in order to attend the Dog Walk Series. Please click here to review pup and human etiquette at Hance Park dog park.

RSVP to with the subject line "Dog Walk Series." In the email body, please indicate which dates you plan on attending, and how many people and pups are in your pack.





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Contemplative Full Moon Walk
Sunday, November 13th, 2016
*NEW TIME* 6:30PM-8:30PM
Pima Canyon at South Mountain
Pima Wash Trailhead and dirt road (2.8 miles)

9904 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044

For additional information on the trailhead, please click here.

Join Angela Ellsworth, Artist and Director of the Museum of Walking, and Ambur Gore (Cellist and Park Ranger) for a full moon...well, almost full...contemplative walk. As we move through the desert we will practice deep listening in honor of artists Pauline Oliveros and John Cage. This will be an easy to moderate 2.8 mile hike under the full moon, with some very gradual inclines of less than 100 feet in elevation. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp and be sure to bring at least 1 liter of water.

Information on November's Full Moon:
November's full moon is called the Beaver Moon. Historically in North America, this was a time when both Algonquin Tribes and Colonists set beaver traps before swamps froze over in order to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests the name comes from the fact that beavers become active in their preparation for winter beginning in November. 

Additionally, November's full moon will also be a Perigee Moon (also known as the "Supermoon") which occurs when the Moon reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth. The Moon will appear up to 14% larger than when it is at its furthest point in orbit from Earth. This particular Perigee Moon will be the nearest it's been to Earth since January 26th, 1948, and will not come this close again for another 18 years. 

Directions to the Trailhead:
1. Take I-10 to Elliot Road, and head West.
2. Take a right onto 48th Street and drive about 1 mile.
3. Take your third left after Piedmont onto a small street (S. 48th Street).
4. Almost immediately, you'll reach Pima Canyon Road (on the left), where you'll see a small guard shack.
5. Pass through, park, and meet under the ramada (located at the end of the dirt road, on the right hand side).  

*Please note: The entry gate closes at 7PM, so make sure to arrive on-time at 6:30PM (don't worry, the exit gate will not close until 9PM). 

RSVP to with the subject line "Full Moon Walk."



Crepuscular Walk
Sunday October 2nd, 2016
8AM - 10AM
Pima Canyon Trailhead
9904 S. 48th Street near Guadalupe Road

For specific directions to trailhead click here.

Join Ambur Gore, local Interpretive Park Ranger and Cellist, to learn a few tips on crepuscular wildlife viewing. Crepuscular wildlife have adapted to be most active at dawn and dusk avoiding the hottest temperatures of desert days. Please wear shoes you can hike in, bring water to stay hydrated, and don't forget sun protection. Wearing muted colors and unscented hygiene products can aid in viewing wildlife. 

RSVP to with the subject line "October Crepuscular Walk."




Led by Patty Talahongva

Saturday May 7, 2016
8am - 10am

Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Rd.(3rd St. and Indian School)
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Chances are you've taken Indian School Road to drive into downtown Phoenix but do you know how the road got its name? Did you know the federal government operated a boarding school for Native American children for 99 years at the corner of Central Avenue and Indian School Road? Come join us for a walking tour of the former school site, which is now Steele Indian School Park, and learn about the history of such boarding schools and the students and people who lived, worked and played on the site. Three buildings remain from the Indian School and all three are on the National Register of Historic Places. The City of Phoenix owns and operates the park and rents out Memorial Hall for public and private events. Learn about the effort to restore the former music building and turn it into a Native American Cultural Center. The tour will be led by a former student who attended Phoenix Indian School.

Patty Talahongva is the Community Development Manager at Native American Connections (NAC). She is overseeing the restoration of the music building for NAC and its partner, the Phoenix Indian Center (PIC). Patty attended Phoenix Indian School and will share her memories of the school and show guests how the campus changed through the 99-year history. Interview on NPR with Patty about this project. Click here

Directions for parking: From Indian School Road turn east onto 3rd Street into Steele Indian School Park. The VA Hospital will be to your right. You can park in the first small horseshoe shaped parking lot before the actual gates into the park OR you can drive all of the way into the park and find a spot in the large parking lot. We will meet in front of the large red brick building - the engraved stones read: Memorial Hall.

There is also a parking lot you can enter from Central Avenue, just north of Indian School Road. That street is called Carriage Lane. You may park there close to the red brick building and walk in front of it to Memorial Hall where we will start the walk.

Note: We suggest going to the Heard Museum prior to the walk to view the current exhibition on federally run Indian boarding schools. Also, bring plenty of water and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses) as it will be hot. Following the walk we will join Patty at The Frybread House for a meal and a Q & A session. Lunch is on your own and the walking tour is free. 

In order to receive updates and additional information please RSVP.
Subject Line: Walk the Indian Schools


Led by Amber Gore

Saturday March 5, 2016

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, a city of Phoenix park, NE Central Ave Trailhead
Meet at parking lot located at 2439 S. Central Ave
Easy, 3.9 miles, 2 hours

Note: The trailhead is on the North side of the river (not to be confused with the Audubon Nature Center on the Southside)

We are excited to announce that Amber Gore will be joining the Museum of Walking as a Curator of Walking. Amber has a degree in Parks and Recreation Management and is an Interpretive Park Ranger at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. She is a cellist and vocalist in the chamber folks band North Brother Islan. she is also owner/stylist at Honeycomb Organic Hair Salon in Phoenix.

Although Amber has a full schedule running a salon and playing in a band she has a deep interest in Phoenix are parks because they fulfill her need to connect with nature and help others understand, marvel, and draw inspiration from the natural world of a metropolitan city.

In order to receive updates and additional information please RSVP.
Subject Line: Morning Walk

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Led by Angela Ellsworth

Sunday February 21, 2016

Elliot Ramada Loop, Papago Park
Meet at West Parking Lot (West of Galvin Parkway)
Moderate / Easy, 2.7 miles, 2 hours

Click here for a map of Papago Park

In order to receive updates and additional information please RSVP.
Subject Line: Full Moon Hike




Led by Laurie Lundquist

Saturday December 5, 2015

Location, duration and intensity TBD

Morning Walk with Laurie Lundquist
We are excited to announce that local artist, Laurie Lundquist, will be joining the Museum of Walking as a Curator of Walking. Throughout the year Laurie will create and lead walks of varying lengths and challenge, exploring the desert landscape and indulging our desire for complete freedom, that can only be found when in nature. 

The location, duration and intensity of this walk are to be determined. In order to receive updates and additional information please RSVP.
Subject Line: Morning Walk

25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture presents

Desire Lines: Women Walking as Making 

Friday November 6, 2015
2pm - 5pm
Old Main, Arizona State University, 400 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 
***Please meet in the lobby of Old Main at Arizona State University to join this tour***
Moderate, Approximately 6 miles, 2-3 hours


A participatory walking tour with Angela Ellsworth and the Museum of Walking.

"Making is powerful. I learned this while watching my grandmother take a line of yarn and loop it up and around a needle, then pull it through another loop, and another loop, and then loop after loop to make, in time, a sweater, which not only made me feel beautiful, but also kept me warm. Later, when I was just entering high school and at a summer camp, I was given the choice to go on a directional hike with one camp leader or, with a different camp leader, to hike nondirectionally—to hike to “nowhere.” I didn’t realize then that this was as much a philosophical question as a practical choice. One hike would hurry us along a path. On the other we would wander the side paths, follow wherever our attentions might lead, perhaps never arriving, yet taking the chance or opening the possibility of finding something wholly unexpected and wondrous along our way. Making can be nondirectional—if you let it."

- Ann Hamilton, Artforum, January 2014

Join local artists Angela Ellsworth, Adriene Jenik and Heather Lineberry on a participatory walk from the Museum of Walking to artist Jody Pinto’s Papago Park City Boundary Project. When you arrive, share observations of the group walk and information about women artists who have used walking as a means to create political, poetic, and environmental works. Some of the artist's discussed may include Eve Mosher, Mona Hatoum, Julianne Swartz, Sophie Calle, Kim Abeles, Ingrid Pollard, Janine Antoni, Janet Cardiff, and Jen Southern and Jen Hamilton.

All are invited to participate in this activity. A light snack and a bottle of water will be provided. A wide-brimmed hat, durable walking shoes, sunscreen, and additional bottled water are recommended. 

Desire Lines: Women Walking as Making is one component of the larger 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture being held from Wednesday November 4 to Saturday November 7 in Phoenix, Arizona. For more general information on the conference, a guide to travel and accommodation, full schedule of events and registration details click here


MoW Walks Repellent Fence

Saturday October 10, 2015
Airport Park, E. Geronimo Trail, Douglas, AZ 85607
***Meeting Point is Airport Park located at the corner of Airport Road and Geronimo Trail (15th Street turns into Geronimo Trail). Restrooms and a large parking lot are available to the east of Airport Road***

Moderate, Plan for 5-10 miles, Approximately 2 hours

The Museum of Walking is a huge fan of Postcommodity's and as such we are planning to attend their public events that are taking place in conjunction with the Repellent Fence installation October 9-12, 2015.

As supporters of this work MoW will gather on Saturday, October 10 to walk along portions of the Repellent Fence, as well as up D (Douglas) Mountain, in order to experience this land-art installation and socially engaged work. From D Mountain the installation can be viewed in its entirety, every single tethered balloon can be seen along this line that intersects the border. 

In order to do the whole walk with us you will need to bring the following:

  • Passport - VERY important as we will be walking through Border Control
  • Water
  • Good walking shoes 
  • Sunscreen, hats and other sun protection 

Those interested in joining this walk should RSVP in advance in order to receive additional information and updates. 
Subject Line: Repellent Fence



Led by Angela Ellsworth

Sunday September 27, 2015
Arizona Canal Trail
***Meeting point is at Arizona Falls which is located within G.R. Herberger Park along Indian School Road between 56th and 58th Streets*** 
Easy, 3 miles, 1 hour


"The mind can go in a thousand directions. But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, a gentle winds blows. With each step, a flower blooms."                                                                                       - Thích Nhãt Hanh

Silent group walks are a unique experience. As we walk together in silence, we can more acutely feel the presence of others and hear ourselves as we move through the land. These walks, of varying length and challenge (from easy to strenuous) are open to all ages. Each walk will begin with a brief gathering welcome, proceed with a period of silent walking, and conclude with the opportunity for open exchange as desired.

Full Moon Silent Canal Walk
We will meet at Arizona Falls by 7pm, there is free on-site parking until 10pm, and then together we will mindfully meander along the Arizona Canal Trail in silence to Soleri Bridge and Plaza at the cross-section of Scottsdale and Camelback Roads. Along the way we will encounter the following pieces of public artwork...

Arizona Falls
Arizona Falls is formed by a natural 20-foot drop along the Arizona Canal and was the site for the first hydroelectric plant in Phoenix built in 1902. SRP, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Arcadia Neighborhood all had a hand in transforming the historic waterfall in 2003 when it reopened as a restored hydroelectric plant and neighborhood gathering place where visitors can learn, interact and reflect. Today, Arizona Falls combines art, history and technology to generate clean electricity from the canal's waterfall. 

WaterWorks at Arizona Falls is a piece of public artwork by Boston-based artists Lajos Heder and Mags Harries that was commissioned by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to enhance the restoration of and beautify this site. The main entrance is on the south-side; a footbridge connects the north bank to the viewing platform. Visitors, surrounded by water on three walls in the water room, may sit on large boulders as they enjoy the cool and soothing sounds of flowing water. Through sheets of flowing water, the antique gears used in the original hydroelectric plant can be seen. Two aqueducts frame the room to create the feeling of being inside the historic waterfall. A shade structure covers stone block seats near a pool of water, allowing visitors to enjoy the experience year-round. 

For more information and the history of Arizona Falls click here

Watering the Desert
Laurie Lundquist’s Arizona Canal path project, Watering the Desert, was developed in collaboration with graphic designer Marie Jones and historian Nancy Dallett. Starting with several walks along the stretch of canal between Goldwater Boulevard and 60th Street, the three observed the canal and discussed the vision and tenacity required to make the dream of water in the desert come to life. They sifted through dozens of historic photographs to find images that would speak to the dreams and audacious spirit that motivated the building of the Arizona Canal.

Artwork for Watering the Desert is integrated into four separate art benches along the Arizona Canal path on the north side of Indian School Road from 60th Street to Goldwater Boulevard. Images and text were sandblasted, stained, and sealed onto the surface of the cast-in-place concrete bench walls. The text was distilled down to short phrases intended to pique the interest of passersby. 

Golden Waters
Inspired by and reflecting the natural elegance of Arizona’s canals Golden Waters, by internationally recognized artist Grimanesa Amoros, is mounted on a secure structure attached to the Soleri Bridge, located just southwest of the intersection of Scottsdale and Camelback Roads. The light sculpture extends parallel to the canal channel 80-feet west of the Soleri Bridge. Its sculpted LED tubes appear to rise from the canal waters below, celebrating the union of light and water.

The light-based installation of Golden Waters was completed in mid-June and remains on view nightly from 6:15 to 11:30 through September 2015.

Soleri Bridge and Plaza
Scottsdale’s breathtaking Soleri Bridge and Plaza, by renowned artist, architect, and philosopher, Paolo Soleri, is at once a pedestrian passage, solar calendar and gathering place along the Scottsdale Waterfront. The long-awaited public space in downtown Scottsdale appeals to a diverse audience ranging from casual Waterfront visitors and local residents, to students, tourists, architects, and art lovers. By celebrating solar events, the signature bridge and plaza unify the past and the present. The site of the waterway, rich with historic undertones, mingles with the legacy of present day cultures striving for coherence between man and nature.

The dynamic project elements reference the range of Soleri’s work: a bridge marks solar events and connects humans conceptually across time; monolithic earth cast panels reflect the Cosanti aesthetic; and the classic bronze bells, recognized internationally have supported Soleri’s projects.

For full details project and audio tour click here.

Copper Falls
Artscreens with the design developed for downtown float within the framework of most of the guardrails surrounding the canal. Seating was created on the bridge facing the Soleri Bridge and Plaza through a simple cantilever extension. Backlit panels of frosted glass provide an elegant backdrop for the artwork.

Copper Falls, an artwork created by Bob Adams, is a pattern of domes or hemispheres laid out organically yet echoing the design in the downtown guidelines. The water of the fall hits the domes and enhances the sound of falling water. The domes are of different sizes, the largest is 24” in diameter, and hangs in front of the face at different depths. The patina is a darkened bronze. The water falls at varied depths to create different activity in the domes. This occurs as a result of negative spaces cut into an extended lip at the top of the fall. 

If you are interested in joining this walk please RSVP in advance in order to receive additional information.
Subject Line: Silent Canal Walk


Led by Adriene Jenik

Group silent hikes are a unique experience. As we walk together in silence, we can more acutely feel the presence of others and hear ourselves as we move through the land. These hikes, of varying length and challenge (from easy to strenuous) are open to all ages. Each walk will begin with a brief gathering welcome, proceed with a period of silent walking, and conclude with the opportunity for open exchange as desired.  -  Adriene

Adriene Jenik has been a desert dweller for almost 20 years. She has logged countless hours hiking and backpacking the desert and as a volunteer at Joshua Tree National Park.


Sunday April 5, 2015
8 pm
Papago Park, West Parking Area, Double Butte Trail
Easy, 2.4 miles, 1.5 hours

Full Moon Walking Meditation
Group silent hikes are a unique experience. As we walk together in silence, we can more acutely feel the presence of others and hear ourselves as we move through the land. These hikes, of varying length and challenge (from easy to strenuous) are open to all ages. Each walk will begin with a brief gathering welcome, proceed with a period of silent walking, and conclude with the opportunity for open exchange as desired. - Adriene Jenik

Interested participants should rsvp in advance in order to receive additional information.
Subject Line: Silent Hike

Tri-City Canal Walk

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Moderate, 11 miles, 3 hours

Please meet at CSB parking lot by 7.30am.
Directions can be found here

This will be an eleven-mile loop along the canal paths that connect Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. 

Subject Line: Tri-City Walk







Wednesday November 5, 2014  
Beverly Canyon
Easy to moderate, 2-2.5 hours

Meeting place: South Mountain Park, parking area at 46th Street, south of Baseline (parking area accessible at very end of street)

Though not a true full moon at 96.4% full, there should be plenty of illumination for our walk, nevertheless if you would like to bring a headlamp or small flashlight for your safety, please do.

Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water.

As with our last silent walk, we will walk silently to a pre-determined end point, and break our silence.