Posts Tagged ‘Guides’

Cactus blooms in Arizona

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

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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)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cactus flowers

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Southwest Trekking is the premier outdoor guiding service in Southern Arizona for hiking, mountain and road cycling. We provide transportation and equipment for all private tours. Our company accommodates groups of one to fifty! Give us a call so we can share this awesome area with you.


The Sonoran Desert provides quite a variety of cactus flowers each with their own unique pedals and colors.


Wildflowers and succulents add to the color palette revealing great contrast throughout our land.

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The Arizona Trail

Friday, July 7th, 2017

The Arizona National Scenic Trail stretches 800 miles across the entire length of the state to connect deserts, mountains, forests, canyons, wilderness, history, communities and people. This non-motorized trail showcases Arizona’s diverse vegetation, wildlife and scenery, as well as unique historic and cultural sites. The route provides unparalleled opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and other trail users.

Let us take you out to explore some of it!

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Cicada (Cacama dissimilis Distant)

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Meet the Sonoran Desert Cicada commonly referred to as the Cactus Dodger.

There are many species of Cicada throughout the United States but none are like the Cactus Dodger. These common creatures are certainly not common. They have evolved to survive the intense heat of our summer months by incorporating a cooling mechanism similar to our own, they sweat!!!!

Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, individually or large groups our Professional Guides would love to add to your experience

Book your adventure with us any time of the year, the Green Desert offers a wealth of diversity in every season.

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Early morning beauty

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

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Stunning scenery to behold in the early mornings in the Tucson area. A guided morning hike is always a great way to start the day!

Southwest Trekking provides professional customized hiking and biking tours for all levels.

Guests enjoy education about all of the unique flora and fauna here in the Sonoran Desert. Transportation and equipment is always included!!

So make sure take advantage of our unique service and get out to learn and explore this beautiful area!

Southwest Trekking 

Professional Outdoor Guide Service 

(520) 296-9661

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