Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Skies of color!

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Sunsets like you’ve never experienced are waiting for you in beautiful Arizona!

Sunny clear skies with sunrises to inspire your morning and breathtaking sunsets to finish your day!

The best way to enjoy our incredible variety in landscape is to hire a professional outdoor guide from Southwest Trekking!!!

The professional guiding service for customize guided hiking and guided mountain biking adventures.

Transportation, equipment and outdoor education is included with your guided adventure providing you and your group the peace of mind and ability to have the most fun possible!

Southwest Trekking

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Scolopendra polymorpha – Giant Sonoran Centipede

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Meet the Scolopendra polymorpha, the Giant Sonoran Centipede! This is by far the creepiest thing to me however as creepy as it is, I am fascinated by it and know it’s not to fear, it has no interest in us so admire from a distant and don’t touch.

There are two types of Centipedes native to the Sonoran Desert, the Giant Sonoran Centipede and the Common Centipede, which is much smaller and more brown and banded then the Giant. The Giant pictured above is about 6 inches or more! It is different in color and markings, it is larger and has much more venom then the Common Centipede.

Giant Centipedes are large enough and venomous enough to  make a meal out of small frogs, lizards, and rodents!

The Sonoran Desert is a special place with so much diversity of life. I can never get bored of just how amazing and healing this great Desert is.

Join us at Southwest Trekking for an educational guided hiking or mountain biking tour!

Transportation and equipment is always included for your customized adventure.

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The Arizona Trail

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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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)

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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

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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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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…

Southwest Trekking

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Guiding Service

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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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New Adventures!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Whether you are an experienced mountain biker or an absolute beginner, we can get you out for a new, fun adventure!  Our professional guides can give you the training and skills to learn to mountain bike and/or take you to the appropriate trails for your skill level.

It’s very hot in the summer in Tucson, so all of our rides and hikes will start early so we can keep you out of the hot sun!  Also, ask about our evening guides.

Southwest Trekking…the premier outdoor guiding service in Southern Arizona.

We provide guided hiking and guided mountain biking tours with transportation and equipment for visitors to the Tucson area.

Get out and learn more about this unique area with professional guides trained to give you the best experience possible.

Southwest Trekking

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Summer seasons

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Southern Arizona is known for its two distinctive summer seasons, dry summer and wet summer.

The dry summer consists hot temperatures in the triple digits with no moisture beginning in May through June.

Wet summer begins in July when large violent storms roll in and display their impressive power with wind, lightning and rain (a bunch of rain)!!!

Truly a wonder of nature, these storms bring an explosion of life that is visible to the eye.

Ground cover and a second blooming of wildflowers blanket the desert and mountains!

Southwest Trekking…the premier outdoor guiding service in Southern Arizona.

We provide guided hiking and guided mountain biking tours with transportation and equipment for visitors to the Tucson area.

Get out and learn more about this unique area with professional guides trained to give you the best experience possible.

Southwest Trekking

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com