Flagstaff Orienteering Weekend

Saturday, June 15, 2019: Lowell Observatory
Beginner's Clinic, Sprints, Motala, and Night-O

Sunday, June 16, 2019: Fort Tuthill
2-Hour Score-O

[image:O flag] Pre-Register (Deadline: Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM)

Time Event(s) Location Directions Google
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Sat, Jun 15
8:30 AM -
10:30 AM
Free Beginner's Clinic
(Clinic Description)
Lowell Observatory Directions Placemark Safety Plan
Sat, Jun 15
8:30 AM -
12:00 PM
Sprints (Sprints Description) and
Mini-Motala (Motala Description)
Lowell Observatory Directions Placemark Safety Plan
Sat, Jun 15
7:30 PM -
10:15 PM
Night-O (Night-O Description) Lowell Observatory Directions Placemark Safety Plan
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Sun, Jun 16
8:30 AM -
12:00 PM
Score-O (Score-O Description) Fort Tuthill Directions Placemark Safety Plan

Lowell Observatory Fort Tuthill


As things start to heat up in Phoenix for the summer, we're excited to offer another full weekend of navigation fun in locations near Flagstaff. On Saturday, June 15, we start the weekend with a beginner's clinic and three shorter "sprint" courses in the forest surrounding the Lowell Observatory. The Lowell Observatory is home to a number of buildings and telescopes that are part of a National Historic Landmark. It was here that Pluto was discovered in 1930. The site continues today as an education facility that welcomes over 80,000 visitors per year. In addition to its scientific value, the site is also home to an open pine forest located within walking distance from downtown Flagstaff. We encourage you to stop by the visitor's center after a morning of navigation fun.

Later Saturday night, we continue the weekend with a 2-hour Night-O also at the Lowell Observatory. The forest on Observatory Mesa is criss-crossed with trails that make navigating at night a little easier. We'll do our best to provide a night course that is fun and challenging for everyone.

We complete the weekend with a 2-hour Score-O that takes place in the hills and washes in Fort Tuthill Park. The vegetation is mostly open pine forest with some areas of thicker brush. Don't worry, our maps highlight areas where there's a higher concentration of vegetation. Participants have up to two hours to visit as many "destinations" as they can. Participants can start the course any time between 9:00 and 10:00 AM. Regardless of start time, everyone gets two hours to complete the course. A 10-point per minute penalty is applied to anyone who remains on the course more than 2 hours.

We enjoy our visits to Flagstaff each summer. We'll do everything we can to offer fun and interesting navigation opportunities again this year. We hope you'll find time in your busy schedules to join us.


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, June 13, 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. 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, June 15, 2019
Clinic, Sprints, and Motala
8:30 AM Registration/sign-in opens for sprints and beginner's clinic
09:00 AM Beginner's clinic begins; sprint courses open
11:00 AM Last time to start a sprint course
12:00 AM Sprint courses close
2-Hour Night-O
7:30 PM Registration/sign-in opens
08:00 PM Mandatory pre-race briefing. All participants must attend the briefing.
8:15 PM Mass start. (Everyone starts at the same time)
10:15 PM Night-O course closes. (Point penalty applies to those returning after 10:15 PM)
Sunday, June 16, 2019
2-Hour Score-O
08:30 AM Check-in/Registration begins
09:00 AM 2-hour course opens
10:00 AM Last time to start the Score-O.
12:00 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. While there is shade on all the courses, we encourage you to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are recommended. You may encounter some thick brush and loose terrain.


There are numerous choices for motels in the Flagstaff area. For those of you who are feeling a little more adventurous, there are campgrounds and dispersed camping in the Coconino National Forest surrounding Flagstaff.


[image:O flag] Directions to the Lowell Observatory event site. [image:O flag] Lowell Observatory Safety Plan

[image:O flag] Directions to the Fort Tuthill event site. [image:O flag] Fort Tuthill Safety Plan