Archive for the ‘News From The Guides’ Category

Wild Mustangs

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

While biking on the Los Burros trail in the Tonto National Forest this weekend, I came across a herd of wild horses!  There were six, and they were beautiful animals!  I got off my bike and approached them slowly.  This stallion also approached me slowly and eventually allowed me to pet him.  Then he decided to check-out my bike and backpack.  I guess I had his approval to continue on by.

The Salt River wild horses are a historic herd of wild horses, the last remnants of the vast herds of wild horses that once roamed our planes, but unlike the bison, we still have a chance to preserve them for generations to come.  The word Mustang or Wild Horse is used interchangeably.

See more info here: http://saltriverwildhorsemanagementgroup.org/

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Skies of color!

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Sunsets like you’ve never experienced are waiting for you in beautiful Arizona!

Sunny clear skies with sunrises to inspire your morning and breathtaking sunsets to finish your day!

The best way to enjoy our incredible variety in landscape is to hire a professional outdoor guide from Southwest Trekking!!!

The professional guiding service for customize guided hiking and guided mountain biking adventures.

Transportation, equipment and outdoor education is included with your guided adventure providing you and your group the peace of mind and ability to have the most fun possible!

Southwest Trekking

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Heart of the Desert

Monday, September 4th, 2017

The Heart of the Sonoran Desert

can be found in all things

when we are present

in the moment

❤️

Scolopendra polymorpha – Giant Sonoran Centipede

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Meet the Scolopendra polymorpha, the Giant Sonoran Centipede! This is by far the creepiest thing to me however as creepy as it is, I am fascinated by it and know it’s not to fear, it has no interest in us so admire from a distant and don’t touch.

There are two types of Centipedes native to the Sonoran Desert, the Giant Sonoran Centipede and the Common Centipede, which is much smaller and more brown and banded then the Giant. The Giant pictured above is about 6 inches or more! It is different in color and markings, it is larger and has much more venom then the Common Centipede.

Giant Centipedes are large enough and venomous enough to  make a meal out of small frogs, lizards, and rodents!

The Sonoran Desert is a special place with so much diversity of life. I can never get bored of just how amazing and healing this great Desert is.

Join us at Southwest Trekking for an educational guided hiking or mountain biking tour!

Transportation and equipment is always included for your customized adventure.

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Saguaro Soldiers “Guardians of the Sonoran Desert”

Friday, September 1st, 2017

I love this scene!  It’s as if the Saguaros are soldiers standing guard over the desert, like “Guardians of the Sonoran Desert”

Miles of Saguaro Cacti blanket the Sonoran Desert, sweeping across the landscape.

Such a magnificent place and so much to see! Some say it’s like a live, desert zoo, with such diversity and abundant in life.

Let us share the beauty of this beautiful desert oasis with you. We can go by bike or hike, it’s your adventure and Southwest Trekking is here to help make lasting memories.

Call 520.296.9661 to book your next adventure!

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Don’t call me a pig! I’m a Javelina!

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

We walked into a herd of Javelina on this morning’s hike in the Tucson Mountains.  Surprisingly, they didn’t run away, but came within a few feet of us while continuing to eat plants.  The larger part of the herd with several babies walked down the wash while these three males protected them from us.  One seemed a little aggressive, but calmed down as I talked to him and backed away.

You always want to be wary when approached by Javelina.  They aren’t generally aggressive, but the male’s job is to protect the herd.  If you see the hair on his back rise and smell a foul odor, move away!  Those are signs of fear and they can attack, but rarely do.  If you have a dog with you go the other way immediately!  They are known to attack dogs since coyote do chase and eat their babies.

Javelina are not pigs!  They are officially known as collared peccary and look similar to a wild boar. Javelina are classified as herbivores. They eat a variety of native plant foods such as agave, mesquite beans, and prickly pear, as well as roots, tubers, and other green vegetation. However, if the opportunity presents itself, they will also eat lizards, dead birds and rodents.  They have also been known to tip over garbage cans if they smell a good meal inside!

Come out with Southwest Trekking on a hike or mountain bike ride and we will help you explore the many interesting facets of our varied Sonoran Desert!

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Services

520-296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Sunrise Stillness

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The stillness of an early morning sunrise hike in Molino Basin of the Catalina Mountains reveals the peaceful stillness that we all are in search of.

Feeling out of balance and need to reground yourself? Join one of  SW Trekking’s Professional Guides for that grounding, peaceful reconnection to our life source, nature.

If you’re looking for more of an action packed adventure to test your limits and push thru your fear factor? We provide that as well. Mountain Biking will surely be your ticket to feeling that accomplishment and realization of what you can achieve.

We specialize in:

  • Guided Hiking
  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Road and Mountain Bike Rentals
  • Trail and Event Support
  • Individual and Large Groups
  • Lasting Joyful Memories

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Tiger Rattlesnakes Mating

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

While mountain biking on the Upper 50 Year trail in the Catalina mountains this weekend, I spotted these two tiger rattlesnakes.  Since they appeared much more interested in each other than with me, I stopped to take a look.  It became obvious that they weren’t much concerned about me because they were mating in the bushes!

Now, I’m not going to give a biology lesson here, but I was curious about how rattlesnakes ‘do it.’  Apparently the male has an organ near it’s tail.   Rattlesnakes reproduce when the male presses his tail beneath a female’s tail to inseminate the female. This is accomplished over several hours when the male lays on top of the passive female and makes jerking motions with his hind portion. (Hope this isn’t too graphic!)  The female then stores the sperm until the following spring when she will hatch live baby rattlesnakes.  Apparently she’s not much of a mom though.  The babies are left to fend for themselves as soon as they hatch.  So now you know!

Biking or hiking with Southwest Trekking is a great way to explore our Sonoran Desert.  While we can’t guarantee animal voyeurism on every excursion, we do guarantee you a fun time!

Southwest Trekking

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520-296-9661

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Monday, August 28th, 2017

Southwest Trekking is Southern Arizona’s premier outdoor guiding service!

Join us for an amazing guided hiking or guided mountain bike adventure.
We would like to recommend….

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N Resort Dr,
Tucson, AZ 85750
(520) 299-2020

Nestled in the foothills of the Catalina Mountain range the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort has it all!

398 luxury guestrooms, including 27 suites
2 heated pools and Jacuzzi
37,000 square feet of indoor function space and nearly 40,000 square feet of outdoor space
2 Tom Fazio-designed PGA golf courses
Lakeside Spa, a Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 Resort Spa and standout facility among hotels in Tucson
Named in Travel + Leisure’s 2014 list of the Top 50 Hotels for World’s Best Family Travel
Complimentary Wi-Fi in every guest room—and in public spaces
https://www.loewshotels.com/ventana-canyon

A Desert Oasis fully equipped with lakeside spa, full size golf course, and an undisturbed nature path taking you right through the beauty of the Sonoran Desert to a majestic waterfall pool.

Best of all they are located right next to some of the best hiking in Tucson!

If you would like to go for a guided mountain bike adventure we will pick you up from the hotel and transport you to a trail specific to your wants and abilities.

So ask for Southwest Trekking while staying at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and make it a trip of a lifetime.

 

Southwest Trekking
Professional Guide Service 
(520) 296-9661
www.swtrekking.com

Arizona Horned Toad

Monday, August 28th, 2017

The Horned Toad is always a treat to see!


They are not a Toad or frog but given that name due to their flattened bodies and the way they eat their food by flickering their sticky tongues to snatch up the unsuspecting prey. Their diet consists mostly of certain types of ants and will occasionally switch it up for slower moving beetles and other insects.

They hibernate during the cooler months and come out of their burrows once the sun warms the ground to a certain temperature, then they will find a nice rock to bask on in the warm sun. Once warmed up they begin their hunt for food only to return to their covered hiding place at night.

The Horned Toads look dangerous but are completely harmless. Their defense is to puff up their bodies giving them a larger appearance, hiss and if picked up they will try to shift their bodies around in order to jab you with their spiney horns, and if that does not work they have the ability to squirt blood from the corner of their eyes (creepy).

Horned Toads DO NOT make great pets and are never to be used as a trophy!

DO NOT take them out of their natural environment!

They are an endangered species and protected by Arizona Game and Fish and should only be admired in their natural environment.

Having a professional guide for your nature tours helps to identify and learn about all the wonders of the great Sonoran Desert.

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guiding Service

520.296.9661

www.swtrekking.com