Archive for September, 2012

Night moves

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

One of our guests at the illustrious JW enjoyed a beautiful night ride last night. Yes I am talking about mountain biking at night! If you have never done this give us a call and let us show you how! She exclaimed about the experience, and you will too! We’ve got the lights, the bikes and the know how, all we need is you to make the adventure complete. Bring your legs, your smile and a great attitude we’ll do the rest!

Morning Jog

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I enjoyed a nice morning jog on the trails outside the JW Marriott Starr Pass. These trails make for a challenging run with breathtaking scenery. Come enjoy nature with us, and get your heart rate up!

Mule deer frolic

Monday, September 24th, 2012

There was a group of mule deer just off the Hidden Canyon loop this morning for the morning hike! Just after we passed them they began to run and bound. At first I thought I might finally get to see a mountain lion on the hunt, but after much observation it would seem they were just frolicking around! The zigzagged the hill bounding over large shrubs for almost ten minutes!! There was no predator in sight although it could have been a rattler that got them started. It was a beautiful sight to behold five deer bounding zigzagging apparently for sheer joy!

Hidden Canyon loop trail

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Hidden Canyon loop

Hello folks, we had a wonderful morning hike today on the Loraine Lee Hidden canyon loop trail right outside the doors of the JW Marriott Starr Pass! The hack berries are ripe and there are lots of great wildflowers beautifying the hillsides!

Morning Greeter

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

the blondeOur morning hike started out wonderfully today with this beautiful blonde tarantula greeting us right on the front drive. The guests were very excited to see this awesome creature!

Movin on up

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

New fleet of 29ers

Southwest Trekking has moved up to the big wheels! That’s right we got 29ers now for our rentals and guided mountain biking! We have been busy building up these great new bikes and prepping our old fleet for sale! So whether you want to rent bikes for the weekend, go on a guided ride or buy some of our old bikes, let us know we can make it happen! keep the big wheels rolling!

The weather is cooling

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

It’s getting to be fall the cooler temps mean perfect outdoor weather! Let us take you there!!

Munchies in the Mountains

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

On our complimentary morning hike at the JW Marriott Starr Pass, I enjoyed a selection of fresh wild berries! There were wolf berries, hack berries, and strawberry pincushion fruit!! What a great treat on a beautiful day! Never eat berries without positive identification. Don’t know how to identify? Take us with you we can teach you how and keep you from getting lost!!

Free Bike Safety Class

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Announcement from Pima County regarding free bike safety classes. Visit for more information and to make reservations.

Returning students are coming across the newly laid street car tracks. They pose a new obstacle in the already overwhelming world of university navigation. The campus area is littered with hazards that pose a personal threat to bikers safety. Pima County is attempting to mitigate those risks through a series of safety courses.  


The free hour long bike safety classes around the University of Arizona campus are offered this month on the following dates:

• Sept. 13 – 10:30 a.m.

• Sept. 19 – 9 a.m.

• Sept. 25 – 9:30 a.m.

Participants are asked to call 243-2453 to reserve a spot and will be given information about the meeting location.

Riders must bring a bicycle in good working condition. Riders will get their choice of either a free bike helmet, bike lights set or a U-lock.


• Keep your eyes peeled for tracks in the road. Some riders may not notice them until it’s too late.

• Cross tracks between a 60 and 90 degree angle to avoid getting tires wedged in them.

• Tracks are made from concrete and steel and can be extremely slippery dry or wet, reducing tire traction.

• Be aware that your normal route might be affected by streetcar construction, which is ongoing, and you may have to take various detours. For the latest on the construction visit:

• Pavement conditions will vary in construction and detour areas. Watch out for construction debris.

Information cited in this post can be found at

Mars Views

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Very cool! – make sure you expand it to full screen. 
This is absolutely mind-boggling!

Full 360 degree panoramic interactive moving view of Mars as you’ve never experienced before.

Taken by Opportunity Rover and converted into a interactive panorama