Posts Tagged ‘Road Biking’

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Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Mountain biking is a fantastically rewarding experience. But, sh*t happens!  Wouldn’t you rather have something happen in the presence of an experienced mountain bike guide with first aid training, mechanical skills and knowledge of our Sonoran Desert??

The professional staff of Southwest Trekking is available to make your adventure a fun and safe experience in our unique and vast desert landscape.  Whether you are new to the outdoor experience or an enthusiast looking for new territory to explore we are well equipped to guide you in your journey.

Guided Hiking

Guided Biking

Bicycle Rentals

Professional Eco-Tours

Mountain Bike Instruction

Event Shuttles and Support

Give us a call to schedule your next tour or event!

Southwest Trekking 

Professional Guide Services

520-296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

Looking for Adventure??

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Join us for a guided adventure tour and embrace the rare, diverse beauty of the green Sonoran Desert!

We provide the transportation and equipment, you bring your spirit of adventure!

  • Guided Hikes
  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Road cycling
  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Trail and Event Support

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guiding Service

www.swtrekking.com

520.296.9661

 

 

Wildlife from above

Sunday, September 10th, 2017


Southern Arizona is home to many species if impressive birds of prey!!!

Here are some raptors you may get a chance to see in Arizona

Red-tailed/Harris’s/Cooper’s Hawks
Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier
American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl and many more.

Learn more with a guided adventure from

Southwest Trekking 

Professional Guiding Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Wild Mustangs

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

While biking on the Los Burros trail in the Tonto National Forest this weekend, I came across a herd of wild horses!  There were six, and they were beautiful animals!  I got off my bike and approached them slowly.  This stallion also approached me slowly and eventually allowed me to pet him.  Then he decided to check-out my bike and backpack.  I guess I had his approval to continue on by.

The Salt River wild horses are a historic herd of wild horses, the last remnants of the vast herds of wild horses that once roamed our planes, but unlike the bison, we still have a chance to preserve them for generations to come.  The word Mustang or Wild Horse is used interchangeably.

See more info here: http://saltriverwildhorsemanagementgroup.org/

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Services

520-296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

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

(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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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