Posts Tagged ‘Canyon’

The Color of Life

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The colors of life are popping up all over this lush, green desert. The Cholla Cactus bloom present us a variety of different colors to enhance the visual experience, this brightly shining magenta bloom is only one of many.

Come experience the rugged, exotic beauty of the Sonoran Desert with one of the professional Southwest Trekking Guides.

We can take a scenic hike or an arduous mountain bike, if road cycling is more your speed we can accommodate that as well. Choice is yours:

  • Guided Hiking and Biking
  • Road cycling
  • Bike rentals, Road, Mountain, and Cruisers
  • Shuttle and trail support

Call 520.296.9661,

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Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

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
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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

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.

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(520) 296-9661

Guided Hiking

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Spiral petroglyph at Signal Hill


Are you interested in Petroglyphs dating back to A.D. 800?

How about a 5-mile loop hike up in the aspen trees of the Santa Catalinas?

Or a pristine saunter up a riparian canyon world in the foothills of Tucson.


Only Southwest Trekking has the intimate trail knowledge to take you to your Arizona paradise, offering transportation, gear, and an experienced, knowledgeable guide.

Bring your friends and family and come join us out there!

Southwest Trekking

Professional Outdoor Guiding Service

(520) 296-9661

Mountain Bike Canyoneering

Friday, April 29th, 2016

. Southern Arizona has an amazing variety of mountain biking opportunities! Box Canyon here leads away from the Gila river. It’s deep and narrow. Eight years ago, when this was taken, it was the way to go for Arizona Trail thru-riders. Today there is beautiful singletrack available bypassing this area. Still a beautiful and unique riding experience.

Fred AZT Box

photo courtesy Scott Morris


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Leafy Ocotillos

Saturday, February 20th, 2016








Hiking and mountain bike guide Donovan on one of his favorite trails in the Sonoran Desert

On the Finger

Monday, January 9th, 2012

We got a call from a swimming coach asking if we could help plan, and guide, a bunch of crazed college kids from a swim team in Canada. They were down here in Tucson for a training camp, and these swimmers (and coach) had a rest day to kill. So after talking to them and getting an idea of what they were looking for, it was decided to take them out to the Finger Rock trail, located in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

We were expecting a little larger group than what actually showed up – we found out later that shopping was an alternate option. So we ended up having 8 guys as . . . em, the girls went shopping. They were good guys, complained a little as we got going, but soon started to enjoy the unbelievable scenery and the physicality of the trail. If you’ve ever hiked Finger Rock than you know, it’s really steep.

We had a good run of it, and after ahour and a half of busting it up hill, we stoped for a picture. Due to time restraints we had to turn it back and head home. Was a good hike though.

Funny side note, being from Canada and having some serious winters to deal with, all these kids wanted to work on their tans. This left a shirt that had to be dealt with, and most of them tucked them into there pocket or held them in their hands. This seems harmless enough, but as they started going downhill, their shirts were flailing around and brushing up against all sorts of desert vegetation. Most notably the prickely pear cactus. After they got back down to the bus, they put their shirts back on and found out how annoying those spines can be.

Hiking – Biking – Tucson, AZ

Snowy Santa Rita’s!!!!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The storms have come, and gone, and now their back again!  Rain has fallen, snow has piled up, a washes have filled.  What a relief to be getting some weather around here.

Last Saturday, myself and some friends (including my pup) attempted to see some snow in the Santa Catalina Mountain range.  However, we were quickly shut down by the “man” with a road closure at the base of the Catalina Highway.  So, we had to come up with a new plan.  So instead of heading north, we went south to the SantaRita mountains.  What a good decision it was.  The Santa Rita mountain range is a little higher than the Santa Catalina’s, and its foothills start at a higher elevation as well.  This all added up to more snow.

We drove in towards Madera Canyon (while driving there, we got to cross the Santa Cruz river twice, and it was raging), and encountered snow almost immediatly.  Eventually the snow was too deep for a 4×4 Jeep, and we had to walk the rest of the way.  By the time we got to the trail head, there was almost 12 inches of snow!  And it just kept getting deeper and deeper the further we went.  Kind of made us wonder how much snow was at the summit.

It’s a rare treat for us desert dwellers to play in snow.  There was so much snow that we were able to make a nice snow shelter (snow fort), and have snow left over for a good ol’ fashioned snowball fight.  It was also the first time my dog got to see snow, and I can safely say he is a huge fan.

This picture was taken on the road, just after we had to park the car.

Rain or Shine, the Sonoran Desert is Alive.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

We finally got some rain!  And I stress the word finally, because our monsoons this year were a little weak, and we are under our average amount of precipitation.  In any event, it finally rained on us in Tucson.  And hopefully, with the El Nino year upon us, we will see some more.

 I’m not the only one who is excited about the rain.  Wildlife all over the desert are relishing in this new moisture.  Hopefully these past few storms have produced enough rain to get the Ocotillo, Brittle Bush, and Tri-Leafed Bush Sage to leaf up in the next few days.  The Saguaro’s are also quite happy, as they start to plump up with all the extra water.  Let’s hope that the recent rains will also be enough to get our wild flowers to germinate.

 The local animals will also be very happy about the rain.  Some species that will be especially happy are Gila Woodpeckers, Thrashers, Mule Deer and the Desert Tortoise, as these rains are the only times they can drink water in abundance.  During these storms, and right after, are excellent times to get out and try and find some wild life that would otherwise be operating on a nocturnal schedule.  I went for a short hike this morning out in the Tucson Mountains and was rewarded with sightings of Bobcat, Mule Deer, and Javalina.

 The higher elevations are receiving snow during these winter storms, which means snow melt in the near future, which in turn means more water.  This snow will hopefully be enough to fill our washes and canyons, and again provide a very important refuge for our wildlife.

 So don’t be scared of the rain, embrace it and get outside.  Not only are the crowds down and the animals out, but you also get the wonderful experience of seeing and smelling the desert in its finest form. 

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Winter is Coming

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Over the past few weeks the Tucson area has seen a mesurable amount of rain, These winter rains are generally more gental, and occur for longer durations than the monsoons, doing a better job of soaking the soil. These rains, especailly in November and early December, start the germination process for many species of wild flowers. (If you are trying to grow wildflowers in the Tucson area, now is the time to get them planted.) With some luck and more rain, we will see the benifit of this precious moisture late Febuary and into March with wonderful displays of wildflowers and Palo Verde trees blooming.

With rain in the valey, we can also expect snow in the higher elevations of our surrounding mountain ranges. This snow is extreemly important for both the high country and the desert. As the snow melts, it will collect in rivers and basins, eventually feeding our canyons which are dry most of the year. A few amazing places to view these temporary rivers are Sabino Canyon, Mila Grossa Canyon, Auga Caliente Canyon and Ventanna Canyon. These rivers supply gallons upon gallons of fresh water to the repairin vegitation growing on the banks, as well as animals found at all elevations in the Sonoran desert. Make sure to tread lightly around these precious streams as many species relay on them to survive.wash