Come get a dose of vitamin D and enjoy fine desert orienteering in the sun!  We're planning a week+ of fast orienteering and training opportunities in the Tucson and Phoenix areas.  All events are open to everyone, from junior to superveteran!

 Change log: (10/22) added logistics information

Welcome to the SouthwestRolling Foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains Near Box Canyon (Photo by Max Suter)


Sat Feb 17 - Mon Feb 19: traditional courses/competition in the Tucson area. Likely at least two days on the famous Rt 83 maps (Kentucky Camp/Box Canyon).
    Sat pm: add't technical training
    Sun pm: presentation + group dinner
    Mon pm: mini-golf :-)

Tue, Feb 20: Low-intensity forest skills day close to/in Tucson

Web, Feb 21: Rest/adventure day (probably Bisbee street-o)

Thur, Feb 22: Sprint training in Tucson

Fri, Feb 23: Compass skills and fun stuff near Tucson / travel to Phoenix

Sat, Feb 24 - Sun Feb 25: Traditional courses and competition NW of Phoenix (Needle Vista and First Water)

More details as we make decisions.  We also want to hear from you!  What would you like to do?  Email cristina <dot> luis <at> gmail <dot> com .

Getting Here

We recommend flying into either Tucson International Airport (TUS) or Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and renting a car. The distance between Phoenix and Tucson is about 100 miles. PHX is a bigger airport and may offer better connections and prices. If you're staying for the whole week then you'll be in Phoenix at the end, too.

Where To Stay

For the Tucson portion of the week (Feb 17-23) we recommend staying in a hotel or rental house in the city of Tucson. The first weekend's venues are south of the city (40-60 minutes drive) and the training events are in or closer to town. The exception is Bisbee, which is about 100 minutes of driving. There is developed camping available at Catalina State Park and undeveloped camping available in the National Forest around the Rt 83 venue.

For the Pheonix weekend (Feb 24-25) we recommend staying in a hotel in Apache Junction. There is also developed camping at Lost Dutchman State Park.


See this map for specific locations of orienteering venues, airports, places to stay, and things to see and do!


The terrain in Arizona mostly consists of lightly vegetated desert and grassland. The visibility is often quite high and the running speed very fast. The terrain ranges from true desert orienteering at elevations around 2500'/750m (Tucson) and 1700'/525m (Phoenix) to mountain foothill grasslands at 5400'/1600m. There is plenty of cactus and other vegetation that can hurt you but it is usually easily avoided. Check out our map samples page for a taste of the challenge. 

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