Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

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.

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Pretty

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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Big storms transform our desert!

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Tucson’s wet summer has arrived!

Isolated thunder storms bring massive amounts of rain in a very short time.

The result is an explosion of life and cooler weather throughout the Sonoran Desert.

This is a great time to get out for a guided hike or guided mountain bike adventure with…

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Ocotillo Blooms!

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) are one of easiest plants to identify in the desert. They are a large shrub with long cane-like unbranched spiny stems that grow from a short trunk. Small 2 inch leaves will grow from the stems when there is enough moisture. Dense clusters of red tubular flowers grow from the end of the stems from March through June.

Habitat

Ocotillo prefer a habitat that is open and very rocky, and where the soil is well drained. Areas such as rocky slopes, mesas, washes and desert grasslands.

Range

Ocotillo are common in most areas of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. They are also found in western Texas through to southern California.

Life Span

There is much discussion on exactly how old Ocotillo can live. A good estimate is 60 years although some studies indicate they can live well over 100 years

Size

Ocotillo can reach heights of up to 20 feet.

Quick Facts

  • The Ocotillo is called many different names including Candlewood, Slimwood, Coachwhip, Vine Cactus, Flaming Sword and Jacob’s Staff.
  • The Ocotillo is often use as “fencing” because its spines stop people and animals from passing through.

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Morning Monsoon Mist

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Our Summer Monsoons have arrived!

The summer monsoons transform the Sonoran Desert practically overnight, bringing many living creatures a much anticipated and refreshing relief to help get thru the extreme summer temperatures Arizona is famous for.

The monsoon season also reveals some of the most beautiful scenes in nature. This picture was taken in the Tucson Mountain Park during this morning’s hike by one of Southwest Trekking’s Professional Guides.

The light mist, the aroma of the creosote Bush and the beautiful views made for a perfect hike.

The monsoons bring beauty and life but also some danger. Having a professional guide that knows the region is always advised in order to enjoy your experience safely.

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Diverse Environments

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Arizona is a land of diverse environments.  From the Sonoran desert floor to Aspen forests, you will find a large variety of climates, vegetation and animal life.  We can help you explore those areas!

Southwest Trekking is the premier outdoor guiding service in Southern Arizona for hiking, mountain and road cycling. We provide transportation and equipment for all private tours. Our company accommodates groups of one to fifty! Give us a call so we can share this awesome area with you.

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Cactus flowers

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Southwest Trekking is the premier outdoor guiding service in Southern Arizona for hiking, mountain and road cycling. We provide transportation and equipment for all private tours. Our company accommodates groups of one to fifty! Give us a call so we can share this awesome area with you.


The Sonoran Desert provides quite a variety of cactus flowers each with their own unique pedals and colors.


Wildflowers and succulents add to the color palette revealing great contrast throughout our land.

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Sun-kissed

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

An early morning outing to catch this rugged and beautiful scene of sun-kissed Saguaros in the old Southwest during the hot hot summer months is a perfect way to start the day

Southwest Trekking Professional Guides know just where to take you for some of the best views. Get there by hike, bike or both the choice is yours, we’ll take you there!

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The Arizona Trail

Friday, July 7th, 2017

The Arizona National Scenic Trail stretches 800 miles across the entire length of the state to connect deserts, mountains, forests, canyons, wilderness, history, communities and people. This non-motorized trail showcases Arizona’s diverse vegetation, wildlife and scenery, as well as unique historic and cultural sites. The route provides unparalleled opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and other trail users.

Let us take you out to explore some of it!

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