Posts Tagged ‘Coronado National Forest’

Big Or Small

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Big Groups

Small Groups

Big or small it doesn’t matter we can cater to All!

Planning a trip to Tucson?

Want to get out and explore the Sonoran Desert?

Southwest Trekking would love to help make your visit a safe, exciting and memorable experience with an outdoor adventure of hiking or biking with one of the Professional and Knowledgeable Guides.

To book your arduous journey call us at 520.296.9661 or visit us at

Sunrise Stillness

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The stillness of an early morning sunrise hike in Molino Basin of the Catalina Mountains reveals the peaceful stillness that we all are in search of.

Feeling out of balance and need to reground yourself? Join one of  SW Trekking’s Professional Guides for that grounding, peaceful reconnection to our life source, nature.

If you’re looking for more of an action packed adventure to test your limits and push thru your fear factor? We provide that as well. Mountain Biking will surely be your ticket to feeling that accomplishment and realization of what you can achieve.

We specialize in:

  • Guided Hiking
  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Road and Mountain Bike Rentals
  • Trail and Event Support
  • Individual and Large Groups
  • Lasting Joyful Memories

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Arizona Horned Toad

Monday, August 28th, 2017

The Horned Toad is always a treat to see!

They are not a Toad or frog but given that name due to their flattened bodies and the way they eat their food by flickering their sticky tongues to snatch up the unsuspecting prey. Their diet consists mostly of certain types of ants and will occasionally switch it up for slower moving beetles and other insects.

They hibernate during the cooler months and come out of their burrows once the sun warms the ground to a certain temperature, then they will find a nice rock to bask on in the warm sun. Once warmed up they begin their hunt for food only to return to their covered hiding place at night.

The Horned Toads look dangerous but are completely harmless. Their defense is to puff up their bodies giving them a larger appearance, hiss and if picked up they will try to shift their bodies around in order to jab you with their spiney horns, and if that does not work they have the ability to squirt blood from the corner of their eyes (creepy).

Horned Toads DO NOT make great pets and are never to be used as a trophy!

DO NOT take them out of their natural environment!

They are an endangered species and protected by Arizona Game and Fish and should only be admired in their natural environment.

Having a professional guide for your nature tours helps to identify and learn about all the wonders of the great Sonoran Desert.

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Red Spotted Toad

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Out for a nice morning hike in Molina Basin, located just a few miles up Mount Lemmon within the Coronado National Park just outside of Tucson and ran into a few of these tiny hoppers, the Red Spotted Toad.

These are so tiny and so cute but those red spots are not just for looks. These little creatures pack a poisonous punch so don’t lick it, I’m sure the temptation is there but you’ve been warned.

The top photo is zoomed in to see his red spots  and the photo below reveals just how little these are .

It’s easy to see the big things but if you slow the go then you can capture the smaller details in life.

Having a professional guide escort you thru this amazing ecosystem here in the Sonoran Desert you’ll be sure to see some amazing things that you would pass up if not paying attention.

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Fun In The Sun

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Are you looking for a new adventure? Come play with us for a lot of fun in the sun!

This is not just for the biologically young, it’s fun for all. Age is a mindset and to rediscover the kid in you step out of that comfort zone and relearn the joy in play.

The Tucson valley and surrounding area offers hundreds of miles of trails full of rich desert life, ranging from the young human kind to the “cousin its” of nature (shown above “The Josef” with his loved desert friend “The Yucca”)

The professional guiding service of Southwest Trekking provides knowledge of the trails, desert life, both flora and fauna.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful nature hike or that extra thrill from a mountain biking adventure our professional guides are here to ensure you a safe, exhilarating and memorable experience.

  • Private Tours
  • Large group tours
  • Eco-tours
  • Guided Hikes
  • Guided Mountain Bikes
  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Shuttle Service
  • Event/Trail Support

Give us a call to reserve your next adventure!

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Coronado National Forest

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Well, it seems as though it might actually be temporarily closing due to extreme fire danger risk. With numerous un-controlled wild fires burning in the state, the Coronado National Forest decided that the best preventative measure would be to keep people out. And they’re probably right. It was reported that large groups both camping and picnicking over the last weekend widely ignored the fire restrictions put into place by the state, which help prompt the restriction on National Forest land. With hundreds of thousands of acres burning, and with the states budget and fire crews being worn thin, we simply cannot afford to have another large scale fire.  So lets all do some rain dances, and get some much need moisture into our lands.

Until then, be fire smart. No camp fires, or open flam stoves of any kind are allowed in the state right now (no charcole grills either). No smoking unless you are in a CONTAINED vehicle (don’t throw butts out the window). And be mindful of where your parking your car; exhaust pipes and brakes get very hot and can start a fire. Finally, don’t drive into smoke. Where there’s smoke . . . well you know how it goes.

Taking the dog out

Monday, February 28th, 2011

As any local knows, yesterday was a pretty rare treat. As Brit eluded to, the entire surrounding mountains of Tucson, and even the basin, received some snow. Being a transplant from Chicago, I’m not a stranger to snow. In fact, I would actually rather be out hiking, biking, or climbing in inclement weather; it seems to add an additional element which is not apparent when the skies are clear and sunny.

So when I woke up and saw that white canvas of a mountain, I immediately suited up and put the dog in the car. Knowing that the Mt. Lemmon Hwy is notoriously closed when winter conditions are present, I wasn’t too surprised when I was turned around by the sheriff department at the base of the mountain. So I went to plan B and drove to the the Augua Caliente/ La Mila Grossa canyons. No snow on the ground there, but up canyon a little was pure white. So off we went; the dog blazing the trail and me running behind. Shortly into the hike/run, and after gaining a ridge and some serious elevations, the plants and cacti had a crust of snow on the windward side. Another mile in and the snow was sticking to the ground, and by the time I reached Augua Caliente Peak at around 5,000 ft. in elevation it was all white with about 3 inches of soft fluffy powder. My dog was thoroughly enjoying himself, running and sliding in the snow and I was was taking in the great views. And then, up in the clouds that I had entered, it started to SNOW! I was getting snowed on in the desert while standing around prickly pears and juniper trees. After a brief stay up in the snow, both my dog and I ran back down the trail, jumped in the car and headed home.

It’s nice to have the Coronado National Forest and the Santa Catalina Mountains as a backyard.