Black Canyon Orienteering Weekend

Rock Springs (South of Black Canyon City, AZ)
Little Pan (NW of New River, AZ)

Saturday, February 9, 2019: Rock Springs Sprints
Saturday, February 9, 2019: Little Pan Night-O
Sunday, February 10, 2019: Little Pan Score-O

[image:O flag] Pre-Register (Deadline: Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM)
[image:O flag] Rock Springs Safety Plan
[image:O flag] Little Pan Safety Plan

Time Event(s) Location Directions Google Maps
Sat, Feb 9
8:30 AM -
1:00 PM
Sprints (Sprints Description) and
Mini-Motala (Motala Description)
Rock Springs Directions Placemark
Sat, Feb 9
6:00 PM -
8:45 PM
2-Hour Night-O (Night-O Description) Little Pan Directions Placemark
Sun, Feb 10
8:30 AM -
1:00 PM
3-Hour/1:00 PM Score-O (Score-O Description)
Note 1: The course is designed for 2-hours, but we'll allow up to 3 hours to ensure more people finish the course.
Note 2: Participants will have 3 hours or until 1:00 PM, whichever comes first.To get the full 3 hours, you must start before 10:00 AM.
Little Pan Directions Placemark

Rock Springs Little Pan


On Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 2019 we're presenting another series of events at our sites around the Black Canyon of the Agua Fria River. On Saturday, we will use our Rock Springs event site for 3 short- to middle-distance "sprints". Those feeling a little more energetic can combine all three sprints into a Motala. The Rock Springs event site is at a higher elevation than most of our sites. The vegetation is sometimes thick in the rugged terrain around the Agua Fria River. We recommend you wear pants to avoid contact with the sharp vegetation.

Later on Saturday, we'll move to our Little Pan event site for a 2-hour Score-O. The vegetation at Little Pan is slightly less thick than the vegetation at Rock Springs. We still recommend you wear pants.

Finally, we finish up the weekend with a 3-hour/1:00 PM Score-O. We designed the course as a 2-hour Score-O, but because of the ruggedness of the terrain, we'll give participants up to 3 hours to complete the course, or until 1:00 PM, whichever comes first. If you want the full 3 hours, you need to start the course by 10:00 AM.

We have a full schedule of events at our Black Canyon events sites. We hope you'll consider joining us for a weekend of navigation fun.


In order to promote pre-registration for our events, the Club has implemented a new pricing structure. Participants who pre-register for the event will benefit from our priority pricing. While on-site registration is still available, pricing for on-site registration is more expensive. In addition, we'll print some extra maps for each of our events, but we cannot guarantee a map for those who do not pre-register.

Pre-Registration is open until Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM. After the pre-registration closes, you can still try your luck and register on-site. We will have pre-printed maps for everyone who pre-registers. We cannot guarantee a map for those who register on-site.

Click [image:O flag] here to pre-register.

Parental Consent:

Parental Consent Now Required (Click here for more information)

All participants under age 18 are now required to have a signed parental consent form on file with the club. You can complete the form before the event and either scan it and send it to us by e-mail or bring it with you to the event.


Standard club fees apply to the Sprints, Night-O, and Score-O at Rock Springs and Little Pan. Click here to open a page with more information about our club fees. The fee schedule is also repeated at the bottom of this webpage.


Saturday, February 9
Sprints and Motala
08:30 AM Check-in/Registration Starts for the Sprints and Motala at the Rock Springs event site.
09:00 AM Sprint courses open
11:30 AM Last time to start Sprint 3
1:00 PM Sprint Courses Close. All participants must be off the courses at this time.
2-Hour Night-O
06:00 PM Check-in/Registration Starts for the 2-Hour Night-O at the Little Pan event site.
06:30 PM Pre-Race Briefing, Distribute Maps
06:45 PM Mass Start (all participants start at the same time)
8:45 PM Night-O Course Closes. All participants must be off the course at this time. Penalty 10 points per minute for those arriving after 8:45 PM.
Sunday, February 10
3-Hour/1:00 PM Score-O
08:30 AM Check-in/Registration Starts for the 3-Hour Score-O at the Little Pan event site.
09:00 AM 3-Hour Score-O Course Opens
10:00 AM Last time to start the Score-O and still get 3 hours to finish.
11:00 AM Last time to start the Score-O.
1:00 PM Score-O Course Closes. All participants must be off the course at this time.


Sprints and Motala

Details of our Sprint events are found here.

Details of our Motala are found here.


Details of our Night-O events are found here.


Details of our Score-O events are found here.

What to Bring:

The list below is the minimum recommended for participation in the Sprints, the Night-O, and the Score-O events.

  • Whistle (Mandatory for all. Available for purchase for $1)
  • Compass (Mandatory for all. Available for rent for $1)
  • Water. Water is available at the start/finish . We may also have one or two water stations on the course. However, you are strongly encouraged to bring your own water bottles or a camelback.
  • Sun screen. There is little or no shade on the course.
  • Sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are recommended. You may encounter cactus, cat claw, and loose terrain.


For those of you who are feeling a little more adventurous, there is primitive camping and a pit toilet at the Little Pan event site.


[image:O flag] Directions to the Rock Sprints event site.

[image:O flag] Directions to the Little Pan event site.