Archive for June, 2017

Wanna ride in Arizona?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Arizona has amazing cycling opportunities, call Southwest Trekking for your own personal customized tour.

We will provide all equipment or bring your own and we will tailor the experience for your wants and abilities.

Mountain or road cycling is abundant in Southern Arizona, Southwest Trekking will pick you up at your hotel or residence and design the best ride for you!

Tucson has proximity to desert or mountain trail routes with tons of diversity and elevation change.

Mount Lemmon is a favorite in the summer for great weather and optimal riding conditions!

Give us a call and we will make sure you get the most out of your outdoor adventure.

Southwest Trekking also provides mountain and road bike rentals as well as guided hiking tours with flora and fauna education.

Professional Outdoor Guiding Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

Arizona Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Not much introduction is needed for the very popular Lavender Plant but who would have thought that it would grow wild here in this rugged Sonoran Desert.

Arizona offers an amazing assortment of Native Medicinal Herbs, Lavender being one of the most fragrant and widely used. The leaves and dried flowers produce a power house of calming fragrance and medicinal components when enjoyed as a tea

Most desert herbs are hard to identify so hiring a knowledgeable hiking and biking guide from Southwest Trekking can help teach you about the diverse flora and healing nature of this beautiful desert.

Come visit Tucson and give us a call to book your desert adventure!

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

520.296.9661

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Living Desert

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Most people think that a desert is nothing but a dry, uninhabited area full of sand but here in the Sonoran Desert you’ll find out that it’s teaming with life.

Tucson Arizona sits in the heart of this vibrant living desert, surrounded by mountain ranges topping around 9100 feet elevation. These towering mountain ranges help bring a cooling breeze down into our valley floor thru the arroyos (dry washes) providing a haven for our desert friends from the intense heat of our summer months.

The Mule Deer (pictured above) is a common sight that is found most active in the early mornings. The one in the picture had nothing to fear as it stood to great us visitors into her home. She stood peacefully staring at us while we admired her small graceful beauty only a few feet from each other.

Come check out all the beautiful wonders the Sonoran Desert has to offer with one of the professional guides from Southwest Trekking. We love teaching visitors all about the vast diversity this living desert has to offer.

Call Southwest Trekking 520.296.9661 to book your hiking or biking tour. Whatever your pleasure, we’ll taylor your private or group tour to ensure a memorable and safe experience

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Tarantula Hawk

Monday, June 26th, 2017

You may have seen these wasps recently as they are quite active in the Tucson area right now.  Beware!  The sting of the tarantula hawk is the most painful of any insect in North America!

Tarantula hawks are most active in the summer, during the day, although they avoid the highest temperatures. Females give the wasps their common name. Like all members of this genus, they require a spider to serve as host for their larvae, and in the case of the local species, tarantulas are the preferred nursery.

A female wasp finds a tarantula by smell. Generally, she scampers across the ground to locate a burrow. She will enter the burrow and expel the spider, then attack it. She may also encounter a male tarantula during his search for a mate. In an attack, the wasp uses her antennae to probe the spider, which may raise its front legs and bare its fangs. (A tarantula does not always counterattack.) She then attempts to sting the spider. She might seize the spider by a leg, flip it over on its back and sting it, or she may approach from the side to deliver a sting. Once stung, the tarantula becomes paralyzed within seconds. The condition will last for the remainder of its life. The wasp may drink the body fluids oozing from the spider’s wounds or from its mouth to replenish nutrients and water she used during the attack.

Video of the Tarantula Hawk

If the wasp expelled her victim, she will drag it back into its own burrow, now a burial vault, lay a single egg on the spider’s abdomen, then seal the chamber. If the wasp succeeds in stinging a male tarantula on a mating hunt, she will excavate a burrow, drag the paralyzed spider inside, lay her single egg, and seal the chamber.

Read more: https://www.desertusa.com/insects/tarantula-hawks.html#ixzz4l7eRmHmo 

To avoid getting stung by the tarantula hawk, or by an inexperienced guide service, call Southwest Trekking for all your outdoor needs!
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Professional Guide Services
520-296-9661
www.swtrekking.com

Mountain + Bike

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

If all you need is a mountain and a bike, we can help!

Southwest Trekking the professional outdoor guiding company of Southern Arizona provides mountain bike rentals and customized guided tours.

We assist in all areas of your outing including transportation, trail selection, equipment and a professional guide to make sure you get the most out of your time in this beautiful area!

Southwest Trekking  also  offers guided hiking tours which include education about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert.

If you’re looking to rent a road cycle or mountain bike give us a call our rentals include delivery and pickup.

We will provide helmet, water, map, spare tube and anything else you might need!

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guiding Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Fun In The Sun

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Are you looking for a new adventure? Come play with us for a lot of fun in the sun!

This is not just for the biologically young, it’s fun for all. Age is a mindset and to rediscover the kid in you step out of that comfort zone and relearn the joy in play.

The Tucson valley and surrounding area offers hundreds of miles of trails full of rich desert life, ranging from the young human kind to the “cousin its” of nature (shown above “The Josef” with his loved desert friend “The Yucca”)

The professional guiding service of Southwest Trekking provides knowledge of the trails, desert life, both flora and fauna.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful nature hike or that extra thrill from a mountain biking adventure our professional guides are here to ensure you a safe, exhilarating and memorable experience.

  • Private Tours
  • Large group tours
  • Eco-tours
  • Guided Hikes
  • Guided Mountain Bikes
  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Shuttle Service
  • Event/Trail Support

Give us a call to reserve your next adventure!

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

520.296.9661

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Escape the heat!

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

During our hot summers it is still possible to get out and enjoy our diverse, beautiful public lands. This time of the year calls for heading up to the mountains, elevated isolated pine forested mountain ranges with an average of 20 to 25° cooler every single day! This picture was taken just the other day on Mount Lemmon. This haven of cooler weather is just a short drive from Tucson and rises 9,100 feet above sea level!

Call Southwest Trekking the professional hiking and mountain biking guide service. We will ensure your safety and make certain you get the most out of your outdoor activity during the hotter months.

We offer customized guided outdoor adventures with transportation and equipment always included.

Treat yourself to some outdoor education and beauty, with the peace of mind of knowing you will get the best experience possible!

Southwest Trekking 

 Professional Guide Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com  

Cicada (Cacama dissimilis Distant)

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Meet the Sonoran Desert Cicada commonly referred to as the Cactus Dodger.

There are many species of Cicada throughout the United States but none are like the Cactus Dodger. These common creatures are certainly not common. They have evolved to survive the intense heat of our summer months by incorporating a cooling mechanism similar to our own, they sweat!!!!

Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, individually or large groups our Professional Guides would love to add to your experience

Book your adventure with us any time of the year, the Green Desert offers a wealth of diversity in every season.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

520.296.9661

Www.SWTrekking.com

 

 

 

Huh weird

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Love At First Spine

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Come fall in love with nature where Love transcends all boundaries!

Our professional guides will help get you up close and personal with the ancient giant Saguaros of the Sonoran Desert.

Hugs for all!!

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding

520.296.9661