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 20, 2016.

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.

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 dry in early September, but could be wet if significant rains occur.  The water condition on the meet date will depend on rainfall in the days before the meet.


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

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 32.424699, -110.920404.  From Tucson, drive north on Oracle Road; the park is 6 miles beyond Ina Road.  From Phoenix via I-10, take exit 240 and drive 14 miles east on Tangerine Road.  Turn right at Oracle Road and drive a half mile to the park entrance.  For a more scenic route, or from Mesa and eastern suburbs, take US 60 east to highway 79, then south to Oracle Junction and highway 77 south to the park.  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).

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.  The State Park day-use fee is $7 per car.

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 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.  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.