NOTE: These directions are particularly susceptible to change for individual events. The directions
are included here for reference only. Starting sites for individual meets may be changed slightly
from the instructions listed below. Please see the individual event instructions for
directions to the individual event.
- Bear Wallow (Tucson)
Take Catalina Highway approximately 21 miles to Mt. Bigelow Road, about
a mile past Palisades Ranger Station. Turn right on Mt. Bigelow Road and
look for orienteering signs. You will go approximately 1/4 mile to the first
junction, near the observatory entrance. Park along the road.
- Bomboy Mine
Take the Superstition Freeway east through Apache Junction, towards Globe.
About .4 miles past milepost 222 and immediately after crossing the Queen
Creek bridge, turn left onto Hewitt Station Rd (Forest Road 357). If you
reach the Boyce Thompson Arboretum you have gone a half mile too far! Cross
the cattle guard and continue straight ahead. After about 1.5 miles on FR357,
you will cross a wash with two 15 foot high drainage pipes under the railroad
tracks on the right. Turn right on to FR 252, which is .2 mile after the
wash. Our site is about ¾ mile down the road, at a road junction.
Look for an orange and white orienteering bag or orange cone at the last
turnoff and at our site.
- Coon Bluff
From Phoenix, take US 60 (Superstition Freeway) east to Power Road, exit #188. Turn north
onto Power Road. At about 9 miles from US 60, the road will make a sharp bend to the east.
About 2.75 miles further is the turnoff to the Phon T. Sutton parking area, on the north
side of the road. Look for an orange/white orienteering sign on the south side of the road.
Turn left and drive about 1 mile to the parking area. Look for an orange/white O bag at
the registration table. If you miss the turnoff and get to Usery Pass Road, turn around
and go back about 2.25 miles.
From Phoenix, you can also take the 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) east to Power Road exit #23a.
Turn north onto Power Road. The turnoff to the Phon T. Sutton parking area is about 5 miles
north of the 202, on the north side of the road. Look for an orange/white orienteering sign
on the south side of the road. Turn left and drive about 1 mile to the parking area. Look
for an orange/white O bag at the registration table. If you miss the turnoff and get to Usery
Pass Road, turn around and go back about 2.25 miles.
The Tonto Pass is required ($6 for the day). It can be purchased at the Circle K on the
corner of McKellips Rd and Power Road. Or you can buy the Pass at Big 5 stores, hiking
stores, some Danny's stores, etc.
(Tonto Pass Vendors)
- First Water
From Phoenix, take US 60 (Superstition Freeway) east to Apache Junction.
Take the Idaho Rd. exit (SR 88) and turn left (north). In a few miles, SR 88 will
turn right onto N Apache Trail. Turn right and continue on SR 88. In about
5 miles, and ¼ mile past the entrance to Lost Dutchman State Park, turn
right onto FR 78, First Water Trailhead Road, which is an all-weather dirt road.
Proceed about 2½ miles to the horse staging area (the overflow parking area).
If you get to the trailhead, go back about ½ mile to the meet site.
There is no Forest Service parking fee for this area.
- Happy Camp
From Phoenix, take US60 (Superstition Freeway) east through Apache Junction,
past Florence Junction, over Gonzales pass where you will drop down and cross
Queen Creek. At 0.4 miles east of mile post 222 turn left onto Forest Road
357. Immediately after turning onto FR 357 turn east (right) onto FR 8 and
proceed about 1.8 miles to FR 650, turn north (left) and proceed about 1.1
miles to Happy Camp on the west side (left).
Note: FR 8 is an all-weather dirt Road. FR 650 follows an intermittent
streambed. Drive with care. If the streambed is not safely passable due
to flooding, the meet site will be at the FR 8/650 junction
From Phoenix take I-17 north to State Route 74/Carefree Highway - exit 223.
Turn west (left) on to State Route 74 and proceed 13.2 miles. Turn right
on an unnamed road .6 miles west of milepost 18 (It's 1.5 miles west of the
Lake Pleasant visitor center turnoff). There is a prominent thumb butte
on the south side of the highway at the turn off. Look for orange/white
O-Bags or O-Cones marking the turn off from SR74 and at the meet site .
- Needle Vista
From Phoenix, take US 60 (Superstition Freeway) east to Apache Junction,
exit at Idaho Road and turn left (north). When you reach the Apache Trail
(Hwy 88), turn right. Drive about 7.2 miles NE along Hwy 88 to the signed
Needle Vista turnoff. It is about 1/2 a mile past milepost 203. Park in
the parking lot and look for an orange/white orienteering bag at the registration
- Palisades Ridge (Tucson)
Drive up Catalina Highway about 20 miles to Organization Ridge Road. Turn
left and, bearing right, go about 0.4 miles to the gate for Showers Point.
Get to the Catalina Highway by exiting I-10 at Grant, driving east to
Tanque Verde, turn left and watch for the light at Catalina Highway where
you can only go left.
- Robbins Butte
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From Phoenix, go west on Interstate-10 to exit 112, then south on AZ Highway 85 for ~7 miles to
milepost 147. Take a right at the sign for Robbins Butte Wildlife Area. Proceed ~3.8 miles on
dirt road (bearing left at the sign “Powers Butte Wildlife Area & access to Robbins Butte (Mountain)”)
to the Start Area (N33°18.8384' W112°40.8891 WGS-84). The road is passable to passenger cars.
From Tucson, Take Interstate-8 West from Casa Grande to Gila Bend. Take AZ Highway 85 north
for ~27 miles and turn left at the sign for Robbins Butte Wildlife Area (a left turn lane just
before milepost 147—before you cross the Gila River). Proceed ~3.8 miles on dirt road (bearing
left at the sign “Powers Butte Wildlife Area & access to Robbins Butte (Mountain)”) to the Start
Area (N33°18.8384' W112°40.8891). The road is passable to passenger cars.
- Saguaro Lake
There are two routes; the Beeline Hwy (87) is 4 lanes, direct but not very
scenic and the Bush Hwy is 2 lanes and winding, but the scenery is great
once you get past north Mesa.
For the Beeline (87): from Loop 202 and Country Club (the Beeline), go
northeast on the Beeline (past Fountain Hills) 22 miles and turn right at
the Saguaro Lake/Bush Hwy turnoff. Our site is 0.2 miles on the right. Look
for an orange and white orienteering “sandwich board” at the turnoff to our
For the Bush Hwy: From Power road and the Superstition (US60), go northeast
22 miles (Power turns into the Bush Hwy). You’ll pass the Usery Pass turnoff
in 13.5 miles, but stay on the Bush Hwy. When you see the sign that says
“Junction 87 - 1/2 mile”, turn left into the big open area about 0.3 miles
after the sign. Look for an orange and white orienteering “sandwich board”.
Go slow, it’s just a short dirt entrance into the area.
- Thumb Butte (Prescott)
From Phoenix take the Black Canyon Freeway (I-17) to the Prescott exit.
Proceed along Highway 69 to Prescott. Highway 69 and 89 will merge just
before Prescott. Stay in the left lane as you approach the intersection
with Highway 89. The road turns into East Gurley Street and goes by Courthouse
Square and Whiskey Row (Mile 0). Follow straight through on this road (which
turns into Thumb Butte Road). At 3.5 miles, you will pass through Thumb
Butte Park and the road will turn to dirt. At mile 5.0, take a left onto
Forest Road 373. Follow this road for 1.8 miles; it will cross a small creek
(usually flowing) and climb up a hill. After the terrain levels, look for
the orienteering sign and take a left onto FR 51. This road is rough (high
ground clearance preferred), but can be driven with care in a passanger car.
The registration area is at camp site 100, about 350 yards in on FR 51.
Parking is along the side of FR 51 in the camp site (please keep the road
clear and leave space for other vehicles to park). Allow 2-1/4 hours travel
time from downtown Phoenix.