Come join us for a day of orienteering at Kentucky Camp on Sunday, October 19th.  Although there will be some climb on the courses, it will be minimal.  You’ll be running through the foothills of the Santa Rita mountains at about 5000 feet elevation.  Temperatures at this time of year are really pleasant.  The area is very open with scattered trees,  bushes, spiky chollas ,and small patches of thorny cat claw.  Long pants are recommended since the courses will require navigation through knee high grass at some point. This grassland area is quite beautiful and the ride to the meet site down route 83 is designated as a Scenic Byway.   The ghost town, Kentucky Camp is on the map and is worth a visit.  The Arizona Trail also passes through the area.


High Grass at Kentucky Camp

Knee-High Grass as Far as the Eye Can See (Photo by Larry Pedersen)


Courses: Four courses will be offered:  Short, Medium, Long and Brown.  The Short course will be 3.4km long with about 60m of climb.  This will be a white/yellow level course, staying along trails, roads and other linear features.  The Medium course will be 4.4km long with about 100m of climb.  The Medium course will be an orange level course, allowing you to venture off the trails and roads.  The Long Course will be 5.9km with 120m of climb and will be a green/red level course.  The Medium and long courses will be somewhat more physical due to the knee high grass in most areas.  A Brown course is also available which is 4.4km and 80m climb.

There will be one water control on the Medium and Long courses.  There will be some water at the start/finish/registration area, but please bring a little more than you think you will consume.

Large Groups:  If you are planning to bring a large group of more than five people, please let the course setter (Larry Pedersen: rlpederse (-at-) misericordia (-dot-) edu) know so that we can reserve enough maps for you.

Youth Groups: All participants under 18 must provide a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.  If your group plans to bring a minor without their parent/guardian, then please download a copy of the Waiver and Permission to Participate form from our Documents, Guides, and Forms page (look for it under the "For Orienteers" section) and have it completed and signed by a parent/guardian before you bring it with you to the event.  For more details, see our article about the waiver form for minors.

Directions:  GPS coordinates: N 31 44.711  W 110 43.331.  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.  Parking is available adjacent to the start area.


  • All courses - members of any recognized orienteering club: $5/individual, $8/team.
  • Nonmembers: $10/individual, $15/team.
  • Compasses rent for $1.
  • Safety whistles sell for $1.  Every person, all courses, all meets is required to carry some type of safety whistle.

Friend-For-Free: Members may invite one guest for free to this event.  For details and restrictions, click here.


  • 8:30 a.m. Beginners' clinic starts.
  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration.
  • 9:00 a.m.  Courses open.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Route choice reviews.
  • 1:00 p.m.  Courses close.  Everyone must be back by then.  Begin control retrieval (orienteering practice).

Check-In: To ensure that all are safe, everyone, whether finished with the course or not, must check in formally at Start/Finish before courses close and before leaving the meet site.

Newcomers: Go directly to Registration.  Ask for instructions and introductory information.  To attend the free beginners’ clinic, arrive between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Route Choice Reviews:  Orienteers love to talk about alternate routes and their advantages and disadvantages.  If you would like to discuss your choices after you do the course, there will be advanced orienteers near the Start/Finish area who would enjoy going over your route with you.