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Red Spotted Toad

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Out for a nice morning hike in Molina Basin, located just a few miles up Mount Lemmon within the Coronado National Park just outside of Tucson and ran into a few of these tiny hoppers, the Red Spotted Toad.

These are so tiny and so cute but those red spots are not just for looks. These little creatures pack a poisonous punch so don’t lick it, I’m sure the temptation is there but you’ve been warned.

The top photo is zoomed in to see his red spots  and the photo below reveals just how little these are .

It’s easy to see the big things but if you slow the go then you can capture the smaller details in life.

Having a professional guide escort you thru this amazing ecosystem here in the Sonoran Desert you’ll be sure to see some amazing things that you would pass up if not paying attention.

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More To See

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Although the variety of cacti are a magnificent sight, there is so much more to see and experience here in our great green Sonoran Desert.

Book a guided hike or bike ride with Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service and enjoy the diverse beauty while learning a little about the abundant and hidden treasures of mother nature.

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Hey Kids Let’s Play!

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

It’s never to late to remember that inner child, full of life and abundant with energy.

What better way to rediscover that youthful joy then to get outside to play in nature with a group of friends, hiking or biking. If you really want to feel the rush and adventure of youth then a mountain bike ride is your ticket.

Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the trails or you are not the most skilled rider. Southwest Trekking Professional Guides have extensive trail knowledge and are well equipped to teach you about the flora and fauna of our great Sonoran Desert of the Southwest.

The Tucson area offers a variety of trails suitable for beginners and advanced riders, our guides will help coach riding skills while experiencing the beauty that surrounds us. For the more skilled riders there are plenty of challenging trails waiting for you.

Give us a call to schedule your next play date with one of the professional guides of Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service, 520.296.9661

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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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Desert Forest

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Don’t let the Arizona summer heat stop you from experiencing the Sonoran Desert. This time of year in the Tucson valley the monsoon rains cool and transform the desert into a beautifully diverse and exotic forest of cacti.

Hiring a Southwest Trekking Professional Guide for a hike or bike ride are a perfect way to enjoy the day

  • Guided Hiking and Biking
  • Bike rentals
  • Trail Support
  • Shuttles
  • Guaranteed Smiles

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Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The Barrel Cactus, Ferocactus is the Latin genus name meaning “fierce cactus”.

This close up image of the Barrel’s spines reveal fierce yet beautifuly colored spines. The larger spines keep away thirsty desert creatures, and the smaller spines help prevent water loss and scorching by reflecting away some of the intense desert sunlight.

Barrel cacti grow into a squat tubular shape, commonly growing 2-4 feet but may grow to be 6-10 feet tall. It can reach a diameter of 18 to 30 inches or more. Their lifespan ranges from 50 to 100 years old!

The yellow/red flowers and yellow fruit of the Barrel cactus always grow at the top of the plant. They bear no spines and only a few scales. Fruits become fleshy and often juicy when mature, but are not usually considered edible. In emergencies only, the barrels water supply can be harvested but is likely to cause diarrhea if ingested when the stomach is empty.

The Barrel Cactus is often called the “Compass Barrel ” because some of the larger plants lean toward the southwest. So if you need a little direction these round, happy cacti can help point the way.

Better yet hiring a Southwest Trekking Professional guide knowledgeable with the Sonoran Desert trails in the Tucson valley is a winning choice

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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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