Weekend of Orienteering in Prescott

Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, 2018

[image:O flag] Pre-Register (Deadline: Wednesday, May 9 at 11:59 PM)

Note: There are different locations for the different events!

Date/Time Event(s) Location
Saturday, May 12, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Sprint Courses (3) (Sprints Description)
Mini-Motala (Motala Description)
[image:O flag] Big Juniper
Saturday, May 12, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Night-O (Night-O Description) [image:O flag] White Rock
Sunday, May 13, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Updated: 3 hour Score-O (Score-O Description) [image:O flag] Spence Creek


Come join us for a weekend of fun in the cool pines near Prescott. We will be featuring 3 events over the weekend: (Click a link below to jump to the details for an event.)

All event locations are in a Ponderosa forest, at about 6000 - 6500 foot elevation. Locations are a 15 – 30 minute drive from downtown Prescott.

SAVE MONEY by [image:O flag] pre-registering for one or more events. Pre-registration closes at 11:59 PM on Wednesday night, May 9. Registration fees increase for on-site registration. (Click here to see our fee table.)

Saturday Sprint Courses (3) and Mini-Motala (Big Juniper)

Saturday 12 May 2018, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the [image:O flag] Big Juniper event site.

We're excited to present three shorter Sprint courses on Saturday. The Sprints are easy to intermediate difficulty, often relying on strong “handrails” (e.g. trails and streams) to make navigation easier. Each of the Sprints will be less than ~3km in length.

The Sprints are classic courses where participants visit the control points in the order shown on the map. All points must be visited to receive a valid score time. All competitors must be back and checked in by 1 PM. Any arrivals back after 1:10 PM will be scored as a “Did Not Finish.”

For those of you who need a little more excitement, we're offering a Mini-Motala. A Motala is an event that strings two or more individual events together to make a longer endurance event. Participants in the Motala will run all three sprint courses. We will not only record times for each individual event but we'll also record a combined time for all three events.


Registration/check-in opens at 8:30 AM.

Courses open at 9:00 AM.

Courses close at 1:00 PM.


Saturday 12 May 2017, 7:30 PM – 10 PM at the [image:O flag] WhiteRock event site.

This event is intended to provide a less intimidating transition from day orienteering to night orienteering. The Night-O course is just like a Score-O with one main difference - the course occurs at night. Participants have two hours to visit as many destinations as possible. The course is designed so that all destination markers are located close to Thumb Butte road, providing an easy path back to the start if needed. The navigational difficulty is mostly Yellow (easy in the day; intermediate at night.)

We will have a pre-race briefing at 7:50 PM. We'll hand out maps at the briefing, giving you a short amount of time to plan your route. All participants start together (mass start) at 8:00 PM. All competitors must be back and checked in by 10:00 PM. Time penalties apply to those who arrive after 10:00 PM. Any arrivals back after 10:15 will be scored as a “Did Not Finish.”


Registration/check-in opens at 7:30 PM.

Pre-Race Briefing/Distribute Maps at 7:50 PM.

Mass Start at 8:00 PM.

Last time to return without a time penalty: 10:00 PM.

Course closes, participants marked as DNF: 10:15 PM

Sunday 3-hour Score-O (Spence Creek)

UPDATE: We are now setting the Score-O time limit from 2 hours to 3 hours. This will give some of the intermediate level competitors a chance to collect more points, and to help offset a long drive from the Valley. The winning time will still be about 2 hours or so, so there should be several people cleaning the course.

Sunday 13 May 2017, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the [image:O flag] Spence Creek event site.

This is our newest Prescott map area, which features a lot of detail for small reentrants (dry washes), boulders and knolls (small hilltops). The area is filled with lots of small trails and footpaths, so there will be lots of route choices.

You will have 3 hours to find as many control points as you can, and the points can be visited in any sequence. The penalty for returning past the 3-hour limit is 10 points per minute.


Registration/check-in opens at 8:30 AM.

Courses open at 9:00 AM or earlier.

Last time to start a course: 11:00 AM. (Note that you must start by 10 AM to have the full 3 hours on the course)

Courses close at 1:00 PM.

Primitive Camping

Besides the numerous hotels and campgrounds in the Prescott area, there is limited primitive camping available in designated areas (some are quite close to the Big Juniper and White Rock event sites. See the Prescott National Forest brochure .


[image:O flag] Big Juniper event site. [image:O flag] Safety Plan
[image:O flag] White Rock event site. [image:O flag] Safety Plan
[image:O flag] Spence Creek event site. [image:O flag] Safety Plan