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The new day brings a great sunrise!

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Get up and out early to witness the majestic sunrises we enjoy daily here in the Sonoran Desert. Amazing colors explode due in part to our atmospheric conditions.

See more, learn more with a professional hiking and mountain biking guide.

Southwest Trekking provides professional guided tours involving education about the very unique flora and fauna in Southern Arizona!

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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

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

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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…

Southwest Trekking

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Guiding Service

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Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The Barrel Cactus, Ferocactus is the Latin genus name meaning “fierce cactus”.

This close up image of the Barrel’s spines reveal fierce yet beautifuly colored spines. The larger spines keep away thirsty desert creatures, and the smaller spines help prevent water loss and scorching by reflecting away some of the intense desert sunlight.

Barrel cacti grow into a squat tubular shape, commonly growing 2-4 feet but may grow to be 6-10 feet tall. It can reach a diameter of 18 to 30 inches or more. Their lifespan ranges from 50 to 100 years old!

The yellow/red flowers and yellow fruit of the Barrel cactus always grow at the top of the plant. They bear no spines and only a few scales. Fruits become fleshy and often juicy when mature, but are not usually considered edible. In emergencies only, the barrels water supply can be harvested but is likely to cause diarrhea if ingested when the stomach is empty.

The Barrel Cactus is often called the “Compass Barrel ” because some of the larger plants lean toward the southwest. So if you need a little direction these round, happy cacti can help point the way.

Better yet hiring a Southwest Trekking Professional guide knowledgeable with the Sonoran Desert trails in the Tucson valley is a winning choice

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

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Tarantula

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The Sonoran Desert is full of wonderful creatures, one being the Tarantula.  They are wonderful yet a little scary but by far not dangerous. Their venom is weak but if irritated enough they could pack a powerful bite.

The Tarantula is a nocturnal hunter, preying mostly on smaller insects like grasshoppers, beetles, and other smaller spiders.

They live most of their lives in their silk lined burrows, only venturing short distances for their meals.

The male lives about 10-12 years, is covered in black hairs over most of his body and his abdomin is covered in red hairs. He is thinner and lankier then the female Tarantula. She is tan in color and living longer then her male counterpart.

The monsoon storms really brings them out of hiding along with many other wondrous desert dwellers.

If your planning a visit to the Tucson area plan time for a nature outing with one of Southwest Trekking Professional Guides.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service is prepared to taylor an adventure just for you.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

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Sonoran Sunrise

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The summer monsoon storms create the most breathtaking views!

Seeing the morning sun ascend over the Santa Catalina Mountains after a night of monsoon storms is inspiring, yet not entirely captured in photos.

The best way to experience this in it’s splendor is an early morning hike or a bike ride, mountain or road.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service offers professional, knowledgeable hiking and biking guides, bicycle rentals, trail support, and shuttles to the trailhead of your choice.

Southwest Trekking

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Morning Monsoon Mist

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Our Summer Monsoons have arrived!

The summer monsoons transform the Sonoran Desert practically overnight, bringing many living creatures a much anticipated and refreshing relief to help get thru the extreme summer temperatures Arizona is famous for.

The monsoon season also reveals some of the most beautiful scenes in nature. This picture was taken in the Tucson Mountain Park during this morning’s hike by one of Southwest Trekking’s Professional Guides.

The light mist, the aroma of the creosote Bush and the beautiful views made for a perfect hike.

The monsoons bring beauty and life but also some danger. Having a professional guide that knows the region is always advised in order to enjoy your experience safely.

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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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Summer seasons

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Southern Arizona is known for its two distinctive summer seasons, dry summer and wet summer.

The dry summer consists hot temperatures in the triple digits with no moisture beginning in May through June.

Wet summer begins in July when large violent storms roll in and display their impressive power with wind, lightning and rain (a bunch of rain)!!!

Truly a wonder of nature, these storms bring an explosion of life that is visible to the eye.

Ground cover and a second blooming of wildflowers blanket the desert and mountains!

Southwest Trekking…the premier outdoor guiding service in Southern Arizona.

We provide guided hiking and guided mountain biking tours with transportation and equipment for visitors to the Tucson area.

Get out and learn more about this unique area with professional guides trained to give you the best experience possible.

Southwest Trekking

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