Posts Tagged ‘Guides’

Saguaro scenery

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Southwest Trekking- Professional Outdoor Guiding Service

Get up close to the one and only Saguaro Cactus! This giant of the desert can live hundreds of years and produces our state flower and an edible fruit!

It’s also home to many types of birds that live in cave-like homes that can only be hollowed out by certain species!

So much to learn!

The best way to explore and see this unique area is to hire a professional outdoor guide from Southwest Trekking!

We specialize in guided hiking and guided mountain bike tours, and also  provide shuttles and bicycle rentals of different types.

We have intimate trail knowledge of the area and will provide transportation and equipment for all customized adventures!

Southwest Trekking 

Outdoor Guiding Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

Group riding is such a blast!

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Mountain biking is great way to bring families or groups together for an awesome outdoor experience!

The best way to enjoy our scenic desert is to hire a professional guide from Southwest Trekking.

Our company specializes in guided hiking and guided mountain biking adventures. We also provide shuttle service and support for many types of outdoor adventures.

We have the equipment, intimate trail knowledge and transportation to put together the perfect event for all levels.

Southwest Trekking 

Professional Guiding Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Arizona Mountain Biking!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Arizona is well known for its extensive trail systems through the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

If you enjoy hiking or mountain biking call Southwest Trekking professional outdoor guiding service. All equipment and transportation is provided and your tour is customized just for you!

We offer tours for groups of all sizes as well as provide bicycle rentals with delivery and pick up.

Our inventory includes hard tail  or full-suspension Mountain Bikes, aluminum or carbon road cycles and comfortable cruisers

Give us a call for a guided hiking event, a guided mountain bike tour or bicycle rentals.

Southwest Trekking 

Professional Guide Service 

520-296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Speechless….

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Las Vegas.

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

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

 

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

 

Daily storms bring life!

Sunday, July 30th, 2017


Our upland desert is abundant with flowers of all kinds due to our summer showers!

The best way to hit our trails is with a professional hiking or mountain biking guide from Southwest Trekking!

Peace of mind during your adventure and valuable information about our unique area are provided with our tours.

Southwest Trekking 

Professional Guide Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Prickly Pear Cactus (Nopal Cactus)

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Looks like it’s time to harvest the Prickly Pears and make some of those famous Prickly Pear Margaritas!

These yummy sweet treats that grow abundantly here in the Tucson valley are a refreshing snack packed full of goodness and not just to make for a fun happy hour.

They’re packed full of power, medicinal Power!

There has been some interest in the Prickly Pear (Nopalito) plant’s medicinal properties. Both fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus are rich in slowly absorbed soluble fibers that help keep blood sugar stable, help lower diabetics’ need for insulin. Another study has shown that the pectin (soluble fiber) contained in the Prickly Pear pulp lowers levels of “bad” cholesterol while leaving “good” cholesterol levels unchanged. Amazing!!

Before reaching for one of these purple powerhouses better have some tools. They are covered in tiny, hair-like, barbed spines called glochids. Glochids are yellow or red in color and detach easily from the pads, are often difficult to see and more difficult to remove, once lodged in the skin.

The abundant beauty and diversity of the Sonoran Desert awaits for you to come experience it fully, igniting all your senses and what better way then to have a professional guide from Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service along to help you have a safe, well informed adventure.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding

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