This year’s event will start at the picnic area.  It's called that by the park personnel and signs direct you there.  There is a ramada and a modern toilet building.  There will be white, yellow, orange, green and red courses.  Event day will be Sunday, November 15, 2015.

There are still plenty of cactus and mean shrubs, as well as some clingy weed and grass seeds.  There has been plenty of moisture to help the plants grow to make the vegetation more plentiful in some areas.


Agua at Catalina State Park
Agua at Catalina State Park (Photo by Daniel Lobo) 

The white and yellow courses will mostly be along trails between the picnic area and the trailhead parking lots.  The more advanced courses will not be in such easy locations.  Southerland wash was running in late October but was crossable if you got your feet wet.  The water condition on the meet date will depend on rainfall in the days before the meet.

The color map for the longer courses will be 1:10,000 scale with a 5 m contour interval. The white and yellow courses will be at a larger scale, probably 1:7500.

Large Groups:  If you are planning to bring a large group of more than five people, please let the course setter John Pascal at pascaljl (-at-) q (-dot-) com 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:  The GPS coordinates for start/finish are 32.424698, -110.9209412. 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.  Start and finish will be at the large picnic ramada located approximately 200 m WSW of the group picnic areas.   Follow the O signs.

Motala: The Tucson Motala is a three-stage course that will test and develop both your navigation and endurance skills.  The stages may be run in any order desired and consist of a ~3-4k on/off trail loop (or “Yellow” loop), a more navigationally challenging ~4-5k off trail loop (Orange) and a more difficult ~5-6k off trail loop (Red).  We recommend that you start the first stage no later than 9:15 a.m. The latest time to start the last stage is 11:30 a.m. (Red loop), 11:45 a.m. (Orange), or 12:00 p.m. (Yellow).  Motala fees for members of the Tucson or other recognized orienteering club are $10/person + $5/each additional team member for each event.  Nonmember fees are $15/individual + $10/each additional team member for each event.


  • All courses - members of any recognized orienteering club: $8/individual, $12/team.
  • Nonmembers: $12/individual, $18/team.
  • For motala fees, see the special section above.
  • 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. 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 insure 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.

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.