Come join us Sunday, October 9 for a day of orienteering at Kentucky Camp.  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.


Tall Grass at Kentucky Camp

Tall Grass at Kentucky Camp (Photo by L. Petersen)


Courses: The format for the meet will be a Score-O.  You have the option of choosing a 1,2 or 3 hour course. The level of difficulty of the various points will range from very easy to difficult. You will of course have your choice of which ones you wish to visit.  There will be water controls on the course and 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: The GPS coordinates for start/finish are 31.746094, -110.721564.  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. The trip time from central Tucson to the event site is about 75 minutes.

Parking:  Parking is available adjacent to the start area.

FeesPlease note that general event fees have changed.  The event costs are as listed in this chart.  Every person (all courses, all meets) is required to carry some type of safety whistle so please bring a whistle or purchase one when you arrive.

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


  • 8:30 a.m.  Beginner's clinic.
  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration.
  • 9:00 a.m.  Courses open.
  • 11:00 a.m.  Last time to start a course.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Route choice reviews.
  • 2:00 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.  To attend the free beginners’ clinic, arrive before 8:30 AM, when the clinic starts.

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.