Directions to Events
Arthur Pack Regional Park
At I-10 exit 250, go east on Orange Grove Road and, after crossing under the railroad tracks, turn left on Thornydale Road. Drive North on Thornydale for 3 miles, then turn left at the Overton Rd. traffic light. Turn right at the first road approach into the parking area and park at the north end. Trip time from I-10 and Orange Grove is about 10 minutes. Vicinity Map
Take Catalina Highway approximately 21 miles to Mt. Bigelow Road, about a mile past Palisades Ranger Station. Turn right on Mt. Bigelow Road and look for orienteering signs. You will go approximately 1/4 mile to the first junction, near the observatory entrance. Park along the road. It takes about 75 minutes to get to the event site from downtown Tucson. Vicinity Map
Take I-10 eastbound from Tucson to exit 303, a brown sign marked Benson/Tombstone. Take Highway 80 southeast towards Tombstone, with the Dragoon Mountains on your left. Continue through Tombstone on Highway 80 until you arrive at Bisbee. For detailed directions within the town of Bisbee, see the event announcement. Vicinity Map Closeup Map
- From I-10: Exit 281, take State Road 83 south for 17.0 miles where you turn right onto Greaterville Road (which leads to Madera Canyon and Continental). After about 3 miles you reach a junction where you take the right fork (Box Canyon Road, improved dirt road). Follow the O-signs to the meet site. Vicinity Map
From I-19: Exit 63, drive east on Continental Road and later White House Canyon Road in the direction of Madera Canyon. At a junction after 8.2 miles, take the left fork (Box Canyon Road, FR 62, improved dirt road).[Note: the right fork leads to Madera Canyon] Follow the O-signs to the meet site. Vicinity Map
From Tucson: Take Oracle Road (SR 77) to Oracle Junction. Turn left on SR 79. Drive northwest on SR 79 about 20 miles. At 0.6 mile north of milepost 111, turn right on Freeman Road (signed junction). Drive 4.3 miles east on Freeman Road to the meet site. Parking is restricted to the right (south) side of the road.
From Phoenix: Take SR79 heading southeast out of Florence. Freeman Road is about four miles southeast of the Tom Mix Monument. Turn left on Freeman Road. Drive 4.3 miles east on Freeman Road to the meet site. Parking is restricted to the right (south) side of the road.
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
- The site is about 75 minutes from Tucson. Take Ajo Way (Highway 86) off I-19 west towards Kitt Peak and Ajo. At Robles Junction (aka Three Points), turn south towards Sasabe on Highway 286. Just before milepost 12, turn left on the Arivaca Road, and go just over two miles. The site is on the right. Please car pool from Tucson. If the ground is muddy, we may have to do a shuttle from the intersection of Arivaca Road and Highway 286. You can also come from the town of Arivaca; the site is 9 miles west of Arivaca.
From Tucson, take Ajo Way (AZ 86) west to Kinney Road (4 miles west of Mission Road). Turn right at Kinney and go northwest 0.9 miles to Sarasota Blvd.
Turn right at Sarasota and drive 1/2 miles until you reach the Sarasota trailhead parking. To reach the registration area, walk 200m north on the foot trail to a trail junction. Take the trail that starts the climb north-east into the mountains and follow it east and then southeast 1 km up to the pass.
Turn right at Sarasota and go northeast 0.4 miles to a gated dirt road branching to the right. Turn right on the dirt road and continue east 0.5 miles to unmarked parking area. To reach the registration area, walk through the metal gate in the wire fence and follow the foot/bike trail east 0.5 miles up to the pass. Vicinity Map
Cave Creek, Santa Rita Mountains
From Tucson, take I-10 to Exit 281 (State Route 83). Drive south approximately 18 miles on SR 83 to the signed junction with Gardner Canyon Road (FS92). Turn west (right) here. Follow FS 92 and the O signs to the meet site. Note: The Cave Creek crossing may cause problems for cars with low clearance.
Catalina State Park
The entrance to Catalina State Park is located on Oracle Road (Arizona 77), six miles north of the intersection of Oracle Road and Ina Road. If you come on I-10, take Exit 248 and drive east on Ina for five miles to its intersection with Oracle. Visitors from Phoenix, take the Pinal Parkway to Oracle Junction, from there it is approximately 10 miles southbound on Arizona 77 to the park entrance. The State Park day-use fee is about $7 per car. Follow the O signs. Vicinity Map
Chimney Rock, Redington Pass
- Follow Tanque Verde Road east out of Tucson. The name changes to Redington Road and the pavement changes to dirt. Continue up the dirt road until you see the rustic wooden corral, about seven miles past the end of pavement. Parking is 0.2 miles beyond this on the north side of the road. Watch for orienteering signs. Allow 30 minutes to travel this primitive dirt road. Normal clearance passenger cars will have no problem, but drive slowly. Vicinity Map
Or... Follow Tanque Verde Road east out of Tucson. The name changes to Redington Road, and then the pavement changes to graded dirt. Continue past the end of the pavement 7.2 miles (about 30 minutes if you drive slowly). Watch for orienteering signs. Parking and registration are on the left. Passenger cars will have no problem. Vicinity Map
Empire Ranch / Las Cienegas, near Sonoita
Take I-10 east from Tucson to exit 281 (Highway 83); head south toward Sonoita. Continue south about 18 miles. Turn east or left onto the graded Las Cienegas (formerly Empire Ranch) road. After about 3 1/2 miles, you will pass the main ranch house, and then continue another 1/2 mile. Look for the O signs. If you missed the Las Cienegas (formerly Empire Ranch) turn-off on Hwy 83 and reach the Hwy 82/83 intersection in Sonoita, you've gone about 6 miles too far. Turn around!) Vicinity Map
Important Notice: To gain access to this site, drivers need to show valid (current) drivers license, registration, insurance, and vehicle license. If any of your papers have expired, be sure to renew in time.
From Tucson, travel about 45 miles east on I-10 to Hwy 90 (Exit 302). Follow Hwy 90 south about 27 miles. On the northern edge of Sierra Vista, Hwy 90 turns east at a traffic light. DO NOT TURN HERE. Instead, continue straight 1 mile to the next traffic light, where you will turn right to enter Fort Huachuca. This is the Main Gate. Stop at the visitor center on the right to get a vehicle pass. Personnel there can instruct you on how to reach the meet site. (There are other things to see and do at Fort Huachuca--it is a National Historic Landmark--so if you are interested, be sure to ask at the visitor center.) The meet site is about a 20-minute drive beyond the gate. Please drive cautiously.
Greasewood Park, Tucson
From I-10 in Tucson take Speedway Blvd. for 2.2 miles to Greasewood Road. Turn left at Greasewood. The entrance to Greasewood Park is the first road approach that you come to on the right. The trip time from I-10 and Speedway to the event site is about 10 minutes. Vicinity Map
From Tucson, drive east on I-10 to SR 83 (Exit 281). Then drive south on SR 83 for 17 miles to Greaterville Road (between mileposts 42 and 41). Turn right at Greaterville Road and drive about 3 miles to the Y-junction at the end of the asphalt pavement. Take the left fork (Greaterville Road) and drive about 1 mile to the event site. It takes about an hour to get to the event site from downtown Tucson. Vicinity Map
From I-19: Exit 63, drive east on Continental Road and later White House Canyon Road in the direction of Madera Canyon. At a junction after 8.2 miles, take the left fork (Box Canyon Road, FR 62, improved dirt road).[Note: the right fork leads to Madera Canyon] After reaching the paved road (Greaterville Road), follow the O-signs to the event site. Vicinity Map
Ironwood Picnic Area
From Exit 257 on I-10 drive west on Speedway Blvd. After approximately 5 miles Speedway Blvd. becomes Gates Pass Rd. Continue another 5 miles through Gates Pass until reaching the T-intersection with Kinney Rd. Turn left on Kinney Rd and drive south 1.5 miles until reaching the entrance gate to the Ironwood Picnic Area on the right. Follow the orienteering signs to the event registration area. The trip time from I-10/Speedway Blvd to the event site is about 30 minutes. Vicinity Map
Italian Trap Tank, on the Redington Road
Drive east on Tanque Verde Road to the end of the paved section where Tanque Verde Road becomes Redington Road. From the end of the pavement, it is about 7 miles to the staging area we usually use for Chimney Rock meets (on the left side of the road, just after milepost 10). The meet site is 1.7 miles further along Redington Road, on the right side. Allow one hour from midtown Tucson; the road is in relatively good shape, but it is slow going once the pavement ends. Vicinity Map
From Tucson, take I-10 to Exit 281 (State Route 83). Drive south approximately 20 miles on SR 83 to the signed junction with Gardner Canyon Road (FS92), which is about a half mile past Milepost 38. Turn west (right) here. Drive west approximately 0.8 miles to the junction with the road to Kentucky Camp (FS 163). Turn northwest (right) here. Follow FS 163 and the O signs to the meet site. Vicinity Map
From I-17 northbound, just before I-40 junction at Flagstaff, take Exit 339, Lake Mary Road. Turn right and go about 5.5 miles to Crimson Road (CC132). Take a right and follow the road (which will turn to dirt) for about 3.2 miles, and bear left at the intersection for FR132D. Look for signs directing you to camping and registration off of 132D. Vicinity Map
Las Cienegas (formerly called Empire Ranch), near Sonoita
Take I-10 east from Tucson to exit 281 (Highway 83); head south toward Sonoita. Continue south about 18 miles. Turn east or left onto the graded Las Cienegas (formerly Empire Ranch) road. After about 3 1/2 miles, you will pass the main ranch house, and then continue another 1/2 mile. Look for the O signs. If you missed the Las Cienegas (formerly Empire Ranch) turn-off on Hwy 83 and reach the Hwy 82/83 intersection in Sonoita, you've gone about 6 miles too far. Turn around!)
Lincoln Park, Tucson
- From Kolb Road and 22nd Street, go east about 3/4 mile to Pantano Road (not Pantano Parkway). Turn south and continue about 2 miles. You will see Santa Rita High School on the southeast corner of Pantano Road and Escalante. Just past the school grounds, turn left into the park entrance. (Be Alert! At 22nd Street, do not use the intersection on the east side of the Pantano Wash bridge, which is for Pantano Road (north) and Pantano Parkway (south). The correct intersection for Pantano Road (south) is on the west side of the Pantano Wash bridge.) Vicinity Map
Maternity Well, Sonoita (part of Empire Ranch) (updated 9/15/02)
Take I-10 east from Tucson to exit 281 (Highway 83); head south toward Sonoita. Continue south about 18 miles. Turn east or left onto the graded Empire Ranch road. After about 1 miles, you will see an informational ramada on your right. Take a right on the dirt track and go south about 1 mile. Look for the O signs. (If you missed the Empire Ranch turn-off on Hwy 83 and reach the Hwy 82/83 intersection in Sonoita, you've gone about 6 miles too far. Turn around!)
From Phoenix, take route 87 to Payson (pretty drive), then highway 260 east (very pretty drive) about 30 miles to the top of the Mogollon Rim, then 8 miles further to Forest Road 99 (near milepost 290). Follow FR 99 north 4 miles to FR 170. Follow FR 170 north 7 miles to camp. Passenger cars will make it along all of these dirt roads. Watch for elk.
Drive up Catalina Highway about 20 miles to Organization Ridge Road. Turn left and, bearing right, go about 0.4 miles to the gate for Showers Point. Vicinity Map
From Wilmot and Speedway: Wilmot northbound becomes Tanque Verde Road. Take Tanque Verde Road east. Six miles east of Houghton Road, it will become Redington Road, which is dirt-surfaced, winding, rough, and narrow in spots. The meet will be on your left, about 7.3 miles from the end of the pavement.
Rosemont North, Santa Rita Foothills
Take I-10 east from Tucson to exit 281 (Highway 83); head south toward Sonoita about 10 miles. Turn right (west) on a good forest road marked "Rosemont Junction" (immediately following a roadside table). Follow the orienteering signs for three miles.
Rosemont South, Santa Rita Foothills
Take I-10 east from Tucson to exit 281 (Highway 83); head south toward Sonoita about 10 miles. Look for Rosemont Junction sign. Do not turn here. Go 2.6 miles beyond this sign to a dirt road that goes to the right; turn right. Follow the orienteering signs from here to the site.
Exit I-10 at Avra Valley Rd. (Exit 242?) Follow Avra Valley Rd west approx. 18 miles, until you see the sign "Red Rock via Silverbell Rd". Turn left on the dirt road past the sign. Follow this road, which is OK for all but lowest clearance passenger cars (i.e., low riders) for 7.5 miles to the meet headquarters. Signs will guide you to the meet headquarters.
Slavin Gulch, Dragoon Mountains
Take I-10 eastbound from Tucson to exit 303, a brown sign marked Benson/Tombstone. Take Highway 80 southeast towards Tombstone, with the Dragoon Mountains on your left. Go approximately 20 miles, turn left (east) at Middlemarch Road, at milepost 315. You are just short of Tombstone. Go 10 miles (6 cattle guards), and Middlemarch becomes forest road 345. Turn left when you see the 345 sign. Cross another cattle guard and you are now on road 687 heading north. Follow the orienteering signs to the event area. Allow two hours from Tucson. There is a big Safeway on your way in Benson. Tombstone offers a number of family-owned motels plus a new Holiday Inn Express conveniently located just south of Middlemarch Road, on Highway 80. Vicinity Map
Starr Pass, Tucson Mountains
Take Ajo Way (Route 86, I-19 exit 99) for 5.0 miles west to Kinney Road and drive on Kinney Road 0.7 miles north to Sarasota Boulevard. At the end of Sarasota Boulevard (orienteering sign), turn right onto a dirt road; 0.5 miles to parking, at the end of the road. Go through the fence gate and take the hiking trail (ideal place to warm up!) to Starr Pass, the conspicuous gap in the mountain range, at 0.5 miles distance. The Start/Finish area will be on the Tucson side of the pass, at the same place as in former years.
From I-10 in Tucson take Exit #252 (Ruthrauff Rd. / El Camino del Cerro); Take El Camino del Cerro west 3 miles to Tortolita Rd., then Tortolita Rd. south for 1 mile to the Sweetwater Preserve gate. Vicinity Map
University of Arizona
- From I-10 in Tucson take Exit 257 and drive east on Speedway Blvd. about 1 1/4 miles to the U of A campus. Refer to the detailed directions in the event announcement for the exact start location. Vicinity Map
Take I-10 east to Exit 302 (marked Sierra Vista and AZ 90). Go south less than two miles; take a dirt road to the west 0.2 miles south of milepost 291. At 1.8 miles, there will be a gate and a fork in the road, one branch turning sharply right. Take the other one straight through the gate (be sure to close the gate). After 0.55 miles there will be another gate, and another about 1.55 miles later. Then go another 0.6 miles until you see the site. Please be sure to close all the gates after you pass through.