Posts Tagged ‘guided hiking’

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

Southwest Trekking

Proffesional Guiding Service

520.296.9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

Tiger Rattlesnakes Mating

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

While mountain biking on the Upper 50 Year trail in the Catalina mountains this weekend, I spotted these two tiger rattlesnakes.  Since they appeared much more interested in each other than with me, I stopped to take a look.  It became obvious that they weren’t much concerned about me because they were mating in the bushes!

Now, I’m not going to give a biology lesson here, but I was curious about how rattlesnakes ‘do it.’  Apparently the male has an organ near it’s tail.   Rattlesnakes reproduce when the male presses his tail beneath a female’s tail to inseminate the female. This is accomplished over several hours when the male lays on top of the passive female and makes jerking motions with his hind portion. (Hope this isn’t too graphic!)  The female then stores the sperm until the following spring when she will hatch live baby rattlesnakes.  Apparently she’s not much of a mom though.  The babies are left to fend for themselves as soon as they hatch.  So now you know!

Biking or hiking with Southwest Trekking is a great way to explore our Sonoran Desert.  While we can’t guarantee animal voyeurism on every excursion, we do guarantee you a fun time!

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Services

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

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.

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guiding Service

520.296.9661

www.swtrekking.com

The Arizona Trail

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

“Nature is fuel for the soul, ” says Richard Ryan, lead author and a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. “Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,” he says.  “One of the pathways to health may be to spend more time in natural settings,” says Ryan.

In recent years, numerous experimental psychology studies have linked exposure to nature with increased energy and heightened sense of well-being.

Southwest Trekking has been helping people explore the outdoors for the past quarter of a century!  We can help you find fun and safe ways to enjoy our Sonoran Desert and surrounding area.

We offer friendly, professional guides, equipment and transportation to create an adventure tailored to your specific desires and ability.  We specialize in hiking, cycling and mountain biking.  Our guides also offer personal instruction to make your excursion a memorable one.

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Services

520-296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

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

Got adventure?

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

That’s what we do!

We are Southwest Trekking the premier professional guiding service in Southern Arizona!

Specializing in customized private guided hiking and guided mountain biking adventures, our tours

always include transportation to and from the specific trail chosen by our knowledgeable professionals.

All equipment is provided for guided mountain biking including: bike, helmet, gloves water and a professional guide

to facilitate the most enjoyable experience possible.

Our guided hiking involves education about the unique plants and abundant animals native to the area.

There is so much to see in beautiful Southern Arizona, the best way to get out and enjoy it

is to hire a professional guide for peace of mind and great information to help you and your group have a great time!

Need a bike for rent, we do that too!

We deliver and pick-up from your hotel or residence and all equipment is included

  • Mountain bikes
  • Road cycles
  • Comfort cruisers

Southwest Trekking

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

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,

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guiding Service

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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