Posts Tagged ‘Tucson Mountain Park’

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

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Saguaro Soldiers “Guardians of the Sonoran Desert”

Friday, September 1st, 2017

I love this scene!  It’s as if the Saguaros are soldiers standing guard over the desert, like “Guardians of the Sonoran Desert”

Miles of Saguaro Cacti blanket the Sonoran Desert, sweeping across the landscape.

Such a magnificent place and so much to see! Some say it’s like a live, desert zoo, with such diversity and abundant in life.

Let us share the beauty of this beautiful desert oasis with you. We can go by bike or hike, it’s your adventure and Southwest Trekking is here to help make lasting memories.

Call 520.296.9661 to book your next adventure!

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Don’t call me a pig! I’m a Javelina!

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

We walked into a herd of Javelina on this morning’s hike in the Tucson Mountains.  Surprisingly, they didn’t run away, but came within a few feet of us while continuing to eat plants.  The larger part of the herd with several babies walked down the wash while these three males protected them from us.  One seemed a little aggressive, but calmed down as I talked to him and backed away.

You always want to be wary when approached by Javelina.  They aren’t generally aggressive, but the male’s job is to protect the herd.  If you see the hair on his back rise and smell a foul odor, move away!  Those are signs of fear and they can attack, but rarely do.  If you have a dog with you go the other way immediately!  They are known to attack dogs since coyote do chase and eat their babies.

Javelina are not pigs!  They are officially known as collared peccary and look similar to a wild boar. Javelina are classified as herbivores. They eat a variety of native plant foods such as agave, mesquite beans, and prickly pear, as well as roots, tubers, and other green vegetation. However, if the opportunity presents itself, they will also eat lizards, dead birds and rodents.  They have also been known to tip over garbage cans if they smell a good meal inside!

Come out with Southwest Trekking on a hike or mountain bike ride and we will help you explore the many interesting facets of our varied Sonoran Desert!

Southwest Trekking

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520-296-9661

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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
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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?

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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

www.swtrekking.com

Arizona Poppy (Kallstroemia grandiflora)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The “Arizona poppy” is also known as “summer poppy” and “orange caltrop”. Its orange flowers resemble the orange flowers of the California poppy, and it blooms from mid-summer to October in Arizona!

There five-petaled, three quarter to one and one-half-inch wide flowers rise above the plant.  Petals have numerous nectar guides, are able to reflect ultraviolet light and just like many of our Arizona blooms they only remain open for one day.

Enjoy a guided hike or mountain bike ride thru this beautiful desert landscape with Southwest Trekking.

  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Guided Hiking

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guides

520.296.9661

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Nature’s Humor -Crested Saguaro

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Nature has the best sense of humor just like the best guides in the Tucson valley, Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Team!

This is by far my favorite Crested Saguaro I’ve seen. From a distance this one looks like a Giraff.

Getting a closer look reveals the complexity of its design.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

  • Guided Hiking
  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Bike rentals – road, mountain, and cruisers
  • Eco- tours
  • Shuttle and Support Vehicles

Professional and knowledgeable guiding staff that are anxious to bring more smiles and sense of adventure into your life.

520.296.9661

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Desert Oasis

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Southern Arizona is alive with waterways flowing in our upland desert! Dry “arroyos” fill with rain water and transform our area into a lush playland.

Guided hiking and guided mountain biking are great ways to get out, get some exercise and see this amazing landscape for yourself.

Southwest Trekking is the premier outdoor guiding service in Southern Arizona and will provide trail knowledge, peace of mind, and valuable information about our upland flora and fauna!

A professional guide, transportation and equipment are always provided for your personal customized tour. We will choose a trail specific to your wants and abilities. Give us a call!

Southwest Trekking 

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

Professional Guide Service

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!

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Services

520-296-9661

www.swtrekking.com