Posts Tagged ‘Biking’

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

Friends or Foes

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

By looking at this picture the question is are these two friends or foes?

At first glance it would appear they are friends and the Roadrunner is escorting the Gila Monster across the street to safety. What is really going on is the Roadrunner is sizing up the Gila Monster for a meal. This would not be an easy meal so the Roadrunner is taking time to assess the risk reward factor.

Gila Monsters are venomous and respect is given but the Roadrunner is use to a challenging meal. Roadrunners dual the dangerous venomous rattlesnakes and the winner is rewarded with a hearty meal and a full tummy.

The Sonoran Desert offers many fun, interesting, and diverse flora and fauna so come visit Tucson, AZ and give Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service a call to book a hiking or biking tour, 520.296.9661


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!

Give us a call 520.296.9661

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Summer seasons

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Southern Arizona is known for its two distinctive summer seasons, dry summer and wet summer.

The dry summer consists hot temperatures in the triple digits with no moisture beginning in May through June.

Wet summer begins in July when large violent storms roll in and display their impressive power with wind, lightning and rain (a bunch of rain)!!!

Truly a wonder of nature, these storms bring an explosion of life that is visible to the eye.

Ground cover and a second blooming of wildflowers blanket the desert and mountains!

Southwest Trekking…the premier outdoor guiding service in Southern Arizona.

We provide guided hiking and guided mountain biking tours with transportation and equipment for visitors to the Tucson area.

Get out and learn more about this unique area with professional guides trained to give you the best experience possible.

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Ready for Monsoons!

Saturday, July 1st, 2017


Just kidding there aren’t really tornados. Well maybe a couple of rare sightings here and there. The monsoon is our rainy season here in Arizona. There may not be tornados, but there will be hellacious storms going on all around while your little patch of neighborhood is sunny. Just like Mr. Theunis Wessels in the photo, you’ll be “keeping an eye on it” while doing your chores, walking your dog, hiking, or riding your bike. It really is a beautiful time of year for us here in the Sonoran desert. Sit up on a high point and watch the lightning storms electrocute the valley bellow. The afternoons in the summer finally become bearable and cool off. It really is amazing. I can’t wait!

For more on Mr. Theunis Wessel’s story click here

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.

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Natures Bouquet

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017



SWTrekking provides professional guided hiking and mountain biking tours. Let us take you deep into the heart of the Sonoran Desert to experience the beautiful bouquet of Sahuaro blooms and all the creativity of nature.

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Cactus Blooms

Monday, May 1st, 2017



Join us for a guided hiking and biking adventure to experience the abundant colors of our beautiful Sonoran Desert 🌵

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Guiding an Inspiration!

Saturday, March 25th, 2017


What an amazing day this past Thursday for a guided mountain bike ride. The heat finally broke that day, and I had the pleasure of taking Larry out for a tour of our Tucson Mountain Park (TMP). Larry mountain bikes back in his home state of Michigan, so we were able to get the entire Starr Pass Loop in. He handled our rocks and dodged our cacti like a pro! Then after witnessing him tackle some of our hardest technical spots, he informed me that he is blind in his right eye due to a snowboarding accident. WOW! At that time he said he was overweight and on an unhealthy path. That accident was an epiphany for him as he decided to turn his life around making big changes to his diet and exercise habits. He lost 80 lbs, leaned up, and now is in amazing shape doing strong man competitions on top of his biking adventures. Being blind in that right eye sure hasn’t stopped him one bit. So glad I got the opportunity to hear his story and show him around our beautiful TMP. Awesome job out there, Larry! Come back to visit us again!


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True Beginner Tackles Starr Pass

Saturday, March 18th, 2017


I had the pleasure of taking Dale out on a guided bike ride the other day. He is what we call a true beginner where he has never been mountain biking on a trail before. The Starr Pass/Tucson Mountain Park (TMP) area is an intermediate trail system so sometimes the start can freak a true beginner out as they are expecting nice and smooth trails. Ha not here in TMP. He is an avid surfer though which helped him with balance and it didn’t take long before he was riding even the toughest parts many beginners walk. Impressive! Great job out there, Dale! Come visit us again!


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