Posts Tagged ‘Tucson Mountains’

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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Wide open spaces with Southwest Trekking

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

The Tucson area is surrounded by beautiful public lands and tons of trails at many elevations. These amazing trails access very diverse and ever changing landscapes. Getting to see these unique and special places via guided hiking or mountain biking gives visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the Sonoran Desert!

Southwest Trekking provides professional guided tours with transportation and your own professional guide to facilitate the best experience possible.

Living Desert

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Most people think that a desert is nothing but a dry, uninhabited area full of sand but here in the Sonoran Desert you’ll find out that it’s teaming with life.

Tucson Arizona sits in the heart of this vibrant living desert, surrounded by mountain ranges topping around 9100 feet elevation. These towering mountain ranges help bring a cooling breeze down into our valley floor thru the arroyos (dry washes) providing a haven for our desert friends from the intense heat of our summer months.

The Mule Deer (pictured above) is a common sight that is found most active in the early mornings. The one in the picture had nothing to fear as it stood to great us visitors into her home. She stood peacefully staring at us while we admired her small graceful beauty only a few feet from each other.

Come check out all the beautiful wonders the Sonoran Desert has to offer with one of the professional guides from Southwest Trekking. We love teaching visitors all about the vast diversity this living desert has to offer.

Call Southwest Trekking 520.296.9661 to book your hiking or biking tour. Whatever your pleasure, we’ll taylor your private or group tour to ensure a memorable and safe experience

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Mountain + Bike

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

If all you need is a mountain and a bike, we can help!

Southwest Trekking the professional outdoor guiding company of Southern Arizona provides mountain bike rentals and customized guided tours.

We assist in all areas of your outing including transportation, trail selection, equipment and a professional guide to make sure you get the most out of your time in this beautiful area!

Southwest Trekking  also  offers guided hiking tours which include education about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert.

If you’re looking to rent a road cycle or mountain bike give us a call our rentals include delivery and pickup.

We will provide helmet, water, map, spare tube and anything else you might need!

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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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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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Early morning beauty

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

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Stunning scenery to behold in the early mornings in the Tucson area. A guided morning hike is always a great way to start the day!

Southwest Trekking provides professional customized hiking and biking tours for all levels.

Guests enjoy education about all of the unique flora and fauna here in the Sonoran Desert. Transportation and equipment is always included!!

So make sure take advantage of our unique service and get out to learn and explore this beautiful area!

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Javelina

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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You just never know who you’ll run into out here! This Javelina was as surprised to run into us as we were it, with poor eyesight this guy could not see us as well as we did him but soon as he could he peacefully turned off the trail, No threat here..

Javelina are a pig like mammals but not classified as a pig, they are a Pecary. Originating from South America they have migrated to and commonly found here in the Sonoran Desert.

Whether your visiting Tucson for business or pleasure Southwest Trekking would love to have you join us to learn more and experience in full all the wonderful diversity of our beautiful green desert.

Book your next hiking and biking adventure with one of our experienced, knowledgeable and professional guides, 520-296-9661

 

 

Day or night….

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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The beauty of the Sonoran Desert is awe inspiring!  Let us help you explore it.

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It’s springtime in the Sonoran Desert!

Monday, February 27th, 2017

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The ocotillos are starting to bloom, a sign that springtime is not far behind!

This is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy nature.  We can take you there.  Southwest Trekking is the premier outdoor outfitter for the Tucson area.  We’ve been around for over 25 years, offering professional guiding services.  We offer bike rentals,  guided hikes, mountain and road bike excursions, as well as providing equipment and transportation.  Let us help plan a custom adventure for you!

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Services

520-296-9661

www.swtrekking.com