Archive for July, 2017

Desert Blooms!

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Our summer rains are bringing out flowers everywhere in the desert!  This cactus is not a native to the Sonoran Desert, but is certainly enjoying the climate!

Why not come out and enjoy the blooms with an experienced guide?  We can help you plan a hike or mountain bike trip suited just for you.

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Daily storms bring life!

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Our upland desert is abundant with flowers of all kinds due to our summer showers!

The best way to hit our trails is with a professional hiking or mountain biking guide from Southwest Trekking!

Peace of mind during your adventure and valuable information about our unique area are provided with our tours.

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Monotropa hypopitys (Pinesap)

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Came across this little gem while mountain biking down one of many awesome trails on Mount Lemmon in the Coronado National Forest.

Mount Lemmon overlooks the beautiful Tucson valley and offers a haven from the Summer heat, many scenic trails with breathtaking views and perfect for hiking and mountain biking excursions.

This is a Monotropa hypopitys (Pinesap),  member of the Indian-Pipe family. Unlike the Pinesap’s cousin, the Indian Pipe, it has several red, vase-like, nodding flowers on a downy, scaly stem. The stems and flowers are colored alike.

These flowers are very unique as they do not carry on photosynthesis but obtains its nourishment and utilizes the carbon from fungi associated with roots, often those of oaks and pines.

The professional guides of Southwest Trekking Guiding Service tailors your personal adventure tour, whether it’s a peaceful nature hike or an exhilarating mountain bike, to your skill set and desired destination, ensuring a safe and memorable experience!

Give us a call, 520.296.9661

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Prickly Pear Cactus (Nopal Cactus)

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Looks like it’s time to harvest the Prickly Pears and make some of those famous Prickly Pear Margaritas!

These yummy sweet treats that grow abundantly here in the Tucson valley are a refreshing snack packed full of goodness and not just to make for a fun happy hour.

They’re packed full of power, medicinal Power!

There has been some interest in the Prickly Pear (Nopalito) plant’s medicinal properties. Both fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus are rich in slowly absorbed soluble fibers that help keep blood sugar stable, help lower diabetics’ need for insulin. Another study has shown that the pectin (soluble fiber) contained in the Prickly Pear pulp lowers levels of “bad” cholesterol while leaving “good” cholesterol levels unchanged. Amazing!!

Before reaching for one of these purple powerhouses better have some tools. They are covered in tiny, hair-like, barbed spines called glochids. Glochids are yellow or red in color and detach easily from the pads, are often difficult to see and more difficult to remove, once lodged in the skin.

The abundant beauty and diversity of the Sonoran Desert awaits for you to come experience it fully, igniting all your senses and what better way then to have a professional guide from Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service along to help you have a safe, well informed adventure.

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Waterfalls in the Desert??

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Chiva Falls is one of Tucson’s hidden treasures!  While it slows to a trickle during our dry months, it becomes a virtual oasis during our rainy season.  Chiva Falls is on the east side of Tucson, about 5 miles out of town on a dirt road.  From there, it is another 4 miles off-road, accessible only by mountain bike or off-road vehicle.

If you are visiting or new to the Tucson area, it’s worth hiring a professional guide to show you around.  We’d love to share our Sonoran Desert with you!

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Desert Forest

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Don’t let the Arizona summer heat stop you from experiencing the Sonoran Desert. This time of year in the Tucson valley the monsoon rains cool and transform the desert into a beautifully diverse and exotic forest of cacti.

Hiring a Southwest Trekking Professional Guide for a hike or bike ride are a perfect way to enjoy the day

  • Guided Hiking and Biking
  • Bike rentals
  • Trail Support
  • Shuttles
  • Guaranteed Smiles

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Pincushion Cactus

Monday, July 24th, 2017

These little beauties are blooming in the desert after the recent rains!   This one was spotted along the Las Cienegas Passage of the Arizona Trail on Saturday.  Like many desert cactii, the flowers close up at night and reopen during the day.  They are small cacti, usually growing up to 6-7 inches (20 cm) high, and are shaped similar to a barrel cactus. They often grow alone, but this one was among a large group of pincushion cactus in a rocky area.

Choosing a guided hike or mountain bike ride with Southwest Trekking will help you enjoy some of the special attractions we have in the Sonoran Desert.  Our professional guides can help you identify flora and fauna of the desert as well as choose appropriate trails for you to enjoy!

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The new day brings a great sunrise!

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Get up and out early to witness the majestic sunrises we enjoy daily here in the Sonoran Desert. Amazing colors explode due in part to our atmospheric conditions.

See more, learn more with a professional hiking and mountain biking guide.

Southwest Trekking provides professional guided tours involving education about the very unique flora and fauna in Southern Arizona!

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Genus Moneilema – Cactus Longhorned Beetle

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

The Longhorn Cactus Beetle is a large, flightless beetle that lives here in the Sonoran Desert, emerging mostly during the monsoon season.

They love to dine on Cholla and Prickly Pear Cactus, the one in the photo above is enjoying the flesh of fresh new Cholla bud. I was getting a little close for my comfort while taking this picture but it was not worried about me and just kept enjoying it’s breakfast.

Longhorn Cactus Beetles lay there eggs at the base of cacti and the larvae will burro inside the cactus roots and stems, sometimes killing the more susceptible cacti.

There is always fun, new and interesting things to see and learn in the Sonoran Desert, Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service has the professional guiding staff to show and teach you about the flora and fauna during your adventure tour.

Call 520.296.9661 for your hiking and/or biking adventure.

Located in Tucson, AZ,  the heart of the Sonoran Desert


Friday, July 21st, 2017

Beyond the populated city awaits some of the prettiest views.

The monsoon rains make the whole desert pop with color. Pictured above you have the iconic Saguaro, Teddy Bear Cholla, Palo Verde Trees, Ocotillo, and flora that only reveals its beauty after a few storms.

The rain cools down the hot summer giving a nice break for some outdoor fun with a relaxing nature hike or for more of a workout a bike ride, that will surely get your body moving

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