Posts Tagged ‘guided hiking’

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.

Southwest Trekking provides professional guided tours involving education about the very unique flora and fauna in Southern Arizona!

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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

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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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Tarantula

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The Sonoran Desert is full of wonderful creatures, one being the Tarantula.  They are wonderful yet a little scary but by far not dangerous. Their venom is weak but if irritated enough they could pack a powerful bite.

The Tarantula is a nocturnal hunter, preying mostly on smaller insects like grasshoppers, beetles, and other smaller spiders.

They live most of their lives in their silk lined burrows, only venturing short distances for their meals.

The male lives about 10-12 years, is covered in black hairs over most of his body and his abdomin is covered in red hairs. He is thinner and lankier then the female Tarantula. She is tan in color and living longer then her male counterpart.

The monsoon storms really brings them out of hiding along with many other wondrous desert dwellers.

If your planning a visit to the Tucson area plan time for a nature outing with one of Southwest Trekking Professional Guides.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service is prepared to taylor an adventure just for you.

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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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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

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Sonoran Sunrise

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The summer monsoon storms create the most breathtaking views!

Seeing the morning sun ascend over the Santa Catalina Mountains after a night of monsoon storms is inspiring, yet not entirely captured in photos.

The best way to experience this in it’s splendor is an early morning hike or a bike ride, mountain or road.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service offers professional, knowledgeable hiking and biking guides, bicycle rentals, trail support, and shuttles to the trailhead of your choice.

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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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