Archive for August, 2012

Bats Explained w/ Tucson Desert Museum.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Two ‘Bat Bridges’ in Tucson
River/campbell (st. Phillips Plaza) & Broadway/pantano Wash (NE Corner By The Lazy Boy)

August 30

Join Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum docents at two Bat Bridges at River/Campbell (St. Phillips Plaza) & Broadway/Pantano Wash (NE corner by the Lazy Boy) This Thursday will be the last docent led viewing of the bats.(recommend arriving 40 minutes prior to dusk).

This is a great opportunity for the entire family to enjoy Tucson’s beautiful sunsets and appreciate first-hand the fantastic event of bats emerging from their roost and navigating the night sky chasing their insect prey. Docents will have bat detectors, hands-on materials and will be available to answer your questions.

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Happy viewing!



Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Yesterday, Estevan Ortiz and I took advantage of the monsoon rain by running up Tumamoc Hill. Rain in the desert is invigorating we summited the 1.5 mile hill twice. The trail leads you up University of Arizona property that is utilized as a research facility and nature preserve. Even though I would classify this trail as easy because of the paved path it would be foolish to say that it is without it’s challenges. You gain 730 feet in elevation as you switch back up the path. The end proves the most difficult as fatigue sets in and the trail is at it’s steepest. The views from the top make the challenge all worth it. The summit offers amazing views of the city. it was particularly spectacular yesterday after the rain had subsided and the sun was setting.

AZ trivia

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

My sister Tricia said she enjoyed yesterday’s trivia so here is another one.

If I had 4,800,000 pennies I would have enough copper to construct what AZ landmark?

The Original

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The answer yesterday’s AZ trivia question is the London Bridge. The bridge was purchased in 1968 from the city of London at a cost of $2,460,000. Robert P. McCulloch Sr., the city’s founder arranged for all 10,276 pieces to be reconstructed over the the next three years in Lake Havasu City over the Colorado River. The bridge sits about midway between the Hoover Dam and the City of Yuma. It wheighs around 22 million pounds and is composed of granate rock that originated from Napoleon’s cannons. In London the bridge originally spanned 1,005 feet, but in Havasu is was cut short to 952 feet.

Now what other guiding service can bring you such ornate facts? Southwest Trekking knows it’s stuff. Call us today to get the run down on what we can provide for your next outing. We do the back country, we have the equipment for all adventures and eco tours. Give us a call today, (520)296-9661 or visit

Happy Trekking,


Celestial Gatherings

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Tonight, and for the next few nights, take a look in the western sky for an interesting grouping of celestial forces. Saturn, Mars, and Spica (a distant but bright star) will be bundled tightly together. Do yourself a favor and grab a pair of binoculars out and see if you can make out the difference between the three. Saturn will have a tint of yellow, Mars is the famous red planet, and Spica will have a blue hue. For astrology lovers you will also be gazing at the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. The star’s luminosity is 1,900 times brighter than our sun.

Even better than star gazing from your front porch would be to let Southwest Trekking take you on a hike up to Wasson Peak. It is the tallest peak in the Tucson Mountains. We would be on the west side of town and looking west so the city lights would not interfere with the star gazing opportunity. I would be willing to haul my telescope and binoculars up the mountain if it meant we can set it up with ideal conditions. Get a hold of Southwest Trekking to schedule this guide  by calling (520) 296-9661 or visit the website at

Happy Trekking,



Trails in the Dessert!

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

I had a guest ask me how many trails there were in the Tucson Valley. Wow I had never thought about that! I think to begin you would have to identify if by trail you mean dirt path or something on a map?
My answer, I would say in the valley itself probably around ten and over ten that are accessed from our valley, in each of our four major mountain ranges. Thats an easy fifty without trying to hard. There are more but thats a start! Let us take you there!

Honk if you see me!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Make sure to give a honk of support if you see us riding through town in route to the next adventure.

Finally, Mild Temps

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

This weekend promises to be BEAUTIFUL. Cool temperatures and cloud cover make the conditions ideal for hiking and biking. Southwest Trekking can take you there. Give us a call and find out what we have to offer the weekend warriors out there that want to take a break from the indoor activities and get out into nature. Call (520) 296-9661 or visit the website at

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Super Superstitions

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Superstition Mountain range is one of many legends. Ghost towns, gold, and deceit all riddle the mountain. But all the tales combined don’t surmount the beauty. See the blog about SR 88 (Apache Trail) for directions through some great mountain ranges.

Attention STUDENTS!!!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012






Come explore the beauty ofArizonaand learn the inside scoop on what outdoor activities the area has to offer. Southwest Trekking can take you on trail hiking adventures for all skill levels. Interested in biking also? Southwest Trekking does that as well. We specialize in on and off road guides. We have bike rentals and equipment to suit any trail ride. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the landscape making sure to highlight the unique features that abound theSonoranDesert.