Posts Tagged ‘Saguaro Cactus’

Pretty

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Beyond the populated city awaits some of the prettiest views.

The monsoon rains make the whole desert pop with color. Pictured above you have the iconic Saguaro, Teddy Bear Cholla, Palo Verde Trees, Ocotillo, and flora that only reveals its beauty after a few storms.

The rain cools down the hot summer giving a nice break for some outdoor fun with a relaxing nature hike or for more of a workout a bike ride, that will surely get your body moving

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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…

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Ocotillo Blooms!

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) are one of easiest plants to identify in the desert. They are a large shrub with long cane-like unbranched spiny stems that grow from a short trunk. Small 2 inch leaves will grow from the stems when there is enough moisture. Dense clusters of red tubular flowers grow from the end of the stems from March through June.

Habitat

Ocotillo prefer a habitat that is open and very rocky, and where the soil is well drained. Areas such as rocky slopes, mesas, washes and desert grasslands.

Range

Ocotillo are common in most areas of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. They are also found in western Texas through to southern California.

Life Span

There is much discussion on exactly how old Ocotillo can live. A good estimate is 60 years although some studies indicate they can live well over 100 years

Size

Ocotillo can reach heights of up to 20 feet.

Quick Facts

  • The Ocotillo is called many different names including Candlewood, Slimwood, Coachwhip, Vine Cactus, Flaming Sword and Jacob’s Staff.
  • The Ocotillo is often use as “fencing” because its spines stop people and animals from passing through.

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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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Sun-kissed

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

An early morning outing to catch this rugged and beautiful scene of sun-kissed Saguaros in the old Southwest during the hot hot summer months is a perfect way to start the day

Southwest Trekking Professional Guides know just where to take you for some of the best views. Get there by hike, bike or both the choice is yours, we’ll take you there!

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An inside look!

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

You are looking at the inside structure of the mighty Saguaro! This inner skeleton of wood ribs gives this giant many advantages to surviving in the Sonora Desert. Learn more by hiring a professional hiking guide from Southwest Trekking.

Guided hiking and mountain biking with transportation and a unique insight in to this very unique area and all of its beauty.

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Fun In The Sun

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Are you looking for a new adventure? Come play with us for a lot of fun in the sun!

This is not just for the biologically young, it’s fun for all. Age is a mindset and to rediscover the kid in you step out of that comfort zone and relearn the joy in play.

The Tucson valley and surrounding area offers hundreds of miles of trails full of rich desert life, ranging from the young human kind to the “cousin its” of nature (shown above “The Josef” with his loved desert friend “The Yucca”)

The professional guiding service of Southwest Trekking provides knowledge of the trails, desert life, both flora and fauna.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful nature hike or that extra thrill from a mountain biking adventure our professional guides are here to ensure you a safe, exhilarating and memorable experience.

  • Private Tours
  • Large group tours
  • Eco-tours
  • Guided Hikes
  • Guided Mountain Bikes
  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Shuttle Service
  • Event/Trail Support

Give us a call to reserve your next adventure!

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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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Love At First Spine

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Come fall in love with nature where Love transcends all boundaries!

Our professional guides will help get you up close and personal with the ancient giant Saguaros of the Sonoran Desert.

Hugs for all!!

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Morning Appreciation

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
Greeting a new day with appreciation

Greeting a new day with appreciation

Starting the new day with a beautiful hike surrounded by the majestic Saguaros, fruit kabob refreshments, followed with a morning meditation of appreciation?! That’s living!

Time to slow down and decompress. Put the gadgets of distractions away and book your tour back into nature.

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