Tucson Orienteering Club will be hosting an orienteering event Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Catalina State Park in Tucson, AZ.   There will be three courses:  a short beginner level course mostly on the trails (1.5 to 2.0 km), a medium length course with a moderate/orange level of difficulty (3.0-4.5 km) and a longer course of with a more advanced/green to red level of difficulty (4.5 to 6.0 km).

The late monsoon season rains helped the desert to green up nicely and has made the vegetation more plentiful in some areas.  In addition to the majestic saguaro cacti and thorny shrubs there will be some clingy weeds and grass seeds.  The event center will be at the Picnic Ramada where there is a large ramada and a nearby restroom facility.


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

Directions:  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 a mile to the park entrance.  The State Park day-use fee is about $7 per car.  Follow the signs to the Picnic Area and look for the orienteering signs.


  • 8:30:  Registration opens and first start
  • 9:00:  Beginner's Clinic
  • 10:30:  Last start
  • 12:30:  Course closes

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 event site.

Fees:  The event costs are as listed in this chart.  Every person (all courses, all events) is required to carry some type of safety whistle so please bring a whistle or purchase one when you arrive.

Large Groups:  If you will be bringing a larger group please e-mail the event director prior to the race at uwviper <at> aol <dot> com.

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.

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

Event Directors:  Jeff and Nancy Coker

Course Setters:  Jeff and Nancy Coker