Posts Tagged ‘Biking’

Wildlife from above

Sunday, September 10th, 2017


Southern Arizona is home to many species if impressive birds of prey!!!

Here are some raptors you may get a chance to see in Arizona

Red-tailed/Harris’s/Cooper’s Hawks
Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier
American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl and many more.

Learn more with a guided adventure from

Southwest Trekking 

Professional Guiding Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Skies of color!

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Sunsets like you’ve never experienced are waiting for you in beautiful Arizona!

Sunny clear skies with sunrises to inspire your morning and breathtaking sunsets to finish your day!

The best way to enjoy our incredible variety in landscape is to hire a professional outdoor guide from Southwest Trekking!!!

The professional guiding service for customize guided hiking and guided mountain biking adventures.

Transportation, equipment and outdoor education is included with your guided adventure providing you and your group the peace of mind and ability to have the most fun possible!

Southwest Trekking

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Southwest Trekking is Southern Arizona’s premier outdoor guiding service!

Join us for an amazing guided hiking or guided mountain bike adventure.
We would like to recommend….

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N Resort Dr,
Tucson, AZ 85750
(520) 299-2020

Nestled in the foothills of the Catalina Mountain range the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort has it all!

398 luxury guestrooms, including 27 suites
2 heated pools and Jacuzzi
37,000 square feet of indoor function space and nearly 40,000 square feet of outdoor space
2 Tom Fazio-designed PGA golf courses
Lakeside Spa, a Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 Resort Spa and standout facility among hotels in Tucson
Named in Travel + Leisure’s 2014 list of the Top 50 Hotels for World’s Best Family Travel
Complimentary Wi-Fi in every guest room—and in public spaces
https://www.loewshotels.com/ventana-canyon

A Desert Oasis fully equipped with lakeside spa, full size golf course, and an undisturbed nature path taking you right through the beauty of the Sonoran Desert to a majestic waterfall pool.

Best of all they are located right next to some of the best hiking in Tucson!

If you would like to go for a guided mountain bike adventure we will pick you up from the hotel and transport you to a trail specific to your wants and abilities.

So ask for Southwest Trekking while staying at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and make it a trip of a lifetime.

 

Southwest Trekking
Professional Guide Service 
(520) 296-9661
www.swtrekking.com

The Arizona Trail

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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Cactus blooms in Arizona

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Southwest Trekking provides professional custom hiking and mountain biking tours with transportation and outdoor education!


Stunnig colors appear as summer rain triggers amazing cacti flowers of all kinds!

Pictured above is a cholla cactus with a brilliant purple flower, however cholla blooms vary in color adding to the splendor!

The fishhook barrel tends tends to bloom a crown of beautiful flowers all at once that also can range in color spectrums. This beauty is often referred to as the “compass cactus” because larger barrels tend to lean Southwest! (That could be handy)

Want to learn more?

Call….. Southwest Trekking

            (520) 296-9661

            www.swtrekking.com

New and exciting trails!

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Mountain biking in Southern Arizona is unlike any other place you have been. Incredible trails with diversity and wonderful scenery.

The best way to get out and enjoy an outdoor adventure in the Tucson area is to hire Southwest Trekking professional guide service.

We specialize in guided hiking and guided mountain biking, we also provide bicycle rentals of various types including road cycles and comfort cruisers.

Our personalized tours always include transportation and equipment, as well as the peace of mind of having a professional guide with you during your adventure.

Southwest Trekking 

Professional Guide Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Arizona Poppy (Kallstroemia grandiflora)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The “Arizona poppy” is also known as “summer poppy” and “orange caltrop”. Its orange flowers resemble the orange flowers of the California poppy, and it blooms from mid-summer to October in Arizona!

There five-petaled, three quarter to one and one-half-inch wide flowers rise above the plant.  Petals have numerous nectar guides, are able to reflect ultraviolet light and just like many of our Arizona blooms they only remain open for one day.

Enjoy a guided hike or mountain bike ride thru this beautiful desert landscape with Southwest Trekking.

  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Guided Hiking

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guides

520.296.9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

Magical Moments

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The monsoons are making magical moments in the Tucson Valley!

Beautiful little Fairydusters (Calliandra eriophylla) and many other plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers are bursting with life, spreading magical color throughout the desert.

The Fairydusters are perennial shrubs native to the upland Sonoran Desert (Tucson area) that produce a pink, little puffball flower during the spring, summer and fall months. Butterflies and Hummingbirds are attracted to these necture-filled flowers.

Come along for a guided hike or mountain bike ride with a Professional Guide from Southwest Trekking into the land of the Fairydusters.

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Service

520.296.9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

Desert Tortoise

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

I spotted this tortoise on the trail while mountain biking at Fantasy Island yesterday.

They are much more active during monsoon season, but people need to take care not to disturb them in any way!

A desert tortoise may spend up to 95 percent of its life in burrows, only emerging to feed, bask, and breed when the weather allows, mostly during the monsoon season. In fact, it will get most of its food for the entire year during this period. It eats the leaves, stems, and flowers of many species of desert plants.

Another adaption that makes the desert tortoise suited for desert-life is the ability to acquire almost all of its water from the plants that it eats. Because desert tortoise live in an arid climate where most of the rainfall occurs during the monsoons, it is able to store water in its bladder for use during drought. It can go over a year without drinking. One of its defense mechanisms when handled or disturbed is to release the contents of its bladder, which can deplete its water supply and can cause harm or death during a drought. For this reason, if you find a desert tortoise, do not pick it up.

If you observe a desert tortoise in the wild, it is best to let it continue on its way. Observing tortoises in the wild is an exciting experience, but human handling can be deadly for wild tortoises. Tortoises store water in their bladder during dry times of the year, and if disturbed, they will release the contents of their bladder and likely die from dehydration. The one exception to this rule is if a tortoise is in harm’s way trying to cross a road. If it is safe to do so, gently lift the tortoise high enough so its feet are just above the ground and transport the tortoise across the road in the direction it was heading.

The Sonoran Desert is an exciting and varied place to explore.  Let our guides take you out for a hike or mountain bike ride to maximize your experience!

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Services

520-296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

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

www.swtrekking.com