Posts Tagged ‘sonoran desert’

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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!

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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

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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 

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Tobacco Hornworm

Saturday, September 9th, 2017


This has to be the biggest caterpillar I’ve ever seen and the first time spotting one of these guys.

I thought for a moment I had stepped into the animated Pixar movie “Bugs Life”! The character is a very large fat caterpillar named “Hans”. However that would be silly, this is a real Caterpillar, a Tobacco Hornworm.

There is another hornworm that is very similar looking, it is a Tomato Hornworm. The Tobacco hornworm has a black stripe the tops the white strip.

Both of these species turn into the Sphinx Moth also known as a Hawk Moth. The Tobacco Sphinx will have 6 orange dots on it’s abdomin while the Tomatoe Sphinx will only have 5 smaller orange dots.

There is nothing more exciting then the discovery of something new, this is what I experience everyday I am out on the trails and to share this awesome and unique environment with others is so fulfilling.

Join us on a nature tour and let us be a part of helping make memories of this beautiful Green Desert Oasis.

Southwest Trekking

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www.swtrekking.com

520.296.9661

 

 

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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Sunrise Stillness

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The stillness of an early morning sunrise hike in Molino Basin of the Catalina Mountains reveals the peaceful stillness that we all are in search of.

Feeling out of balance and need to reground yourself? Join one of  SW Trekking’s Professional Guides for that grounding, peaceful reconnection to our life source, nature.

If you’re looking for more of an action packed adventure to test your limits and push thru your fear factor? We provide that as well. Mountain Biking will surely be your ticket to feeling that accomplishment and realization of what you can achieve.

We specialize in:

  • Guided Hiking
  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Road and Mountain Bike Rentals
  • Trail and Event Support
  • Individual and Large Groups
  • Lasting Joyful Memories

Southwest Trekking

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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

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520.296.9661

www.swtrekking.com

The Arizona Trail

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

“Nature is fuel for the soul, ” says Richard Ryan, lead author and a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. “Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,” he says.  “One of the pathways to health may be to spend more time in natural settings,” says Ryan.

In recent years, numerous experimental psychology studies have linked exposure to nature with increased energy and heightened sense of well-being.

Southwest Trekking has been helping people explore the outdoors for the past quarter of a century!  We can help you find fun and safe ways to enjoy our Sonoran Desert and surrounding area.

We offer friendly, professional guides, equipment and transportation to create an adventure tailored to your specific desires and ability.  We specialize in hiking, cycling and mountain biking.  Our guides also offer personal instruction to make your excursion a memorable one.

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Services

520-296-9661

www.swtrekking.com