Preliminary Information
Start/Finish less than
2.5 hours west of Downtown Phoenix

(We're working to finalize permits for the event.)
(We'll announce the final location at least one month in advance.)

Saturday, April 20, 2024:
6-/12-Hour Adventure Race
2-/4-Hour Rogaine

[image:O flag] Pre-Registration/Pre-Payment (Required)
[image:O flag] See who is registered
Registration is limited.
(Regular Registration Until: Friday, Apr 5 at 11:59 PM)
(Late Registration Begins: Saturday, Apr 6 at 00:00 AM)
(Late Registration Closes: Tue, Apr 16 at 11:59 PM)
Event Description
Adventure Race Navigation by foot and mountain bike, optional water navigation
Teams of 1 to 4 Individuals (Solos allowed)
(Adventure Race Description)
Rogaine Navigation on foot
(Solos and Teams welcome)
(Rogaine Description)
Time Event(s) Location Directions Google
Saturday, Apr 20, 2024
Sat, Apr 20
7:00 AM -
7:00 PM
12-Hour Adventure Race
(Mass Start: 7:00 AM)
Sat, Apr 20
9:00 AM -
3:00 PM
6-Hour Adventure Race
(Mass Start: 9:00 AM)
Sat, Apr 20
8:00 AM -
10:00 AM
4-Hour Rogaine
Navigation on foot
(Rogaine Description)
(Last time to start: 10:00 AM)
Sat, Apr 20
8:00 AM -
12:00 PM
2-Hour Rogaine
Navigation on foot
(Rogaine Description)
(Last time to start: 12:00 PM)

Sonoran Desert


Note: Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for the Sonoran Desert Navigation Games.

We're excited to offer a new event in Arizona for your navigation enjoyment. On Saturday, April 20, we'll take you to a yet undisclosed area under 2.5 hours west of Downtown Phoenix for a full day of events at the Sonoran Desert Navigation Games. During the day, we're offering five events:

Note: The final event location is currently undisclosed. We have not yet obtained a final permit for the event site. We'll update this page at least one month before the event date.

Adventure Race

In the adventure race, participants navigate on foot, mountain bike, and optional watercraft for either 6 or 12 hours. The foot navigation section visits open desert with varied terrain including deep canyons and undulating rolling hills. There aren't a lot of prickly plants in this section of the Sonoran Desert, so the terrain is runnable. On the mountain bike, participants follow roads and trails through several areas of the desert. Don't worry, the mountain bike section doesn't include anything technical, but you may have to hike your bike in places. The water sections require participants to navigate to several mandatory destinations using either human power (on flat water) or on foot. Traveling on the water is optional, but those who choose not to travel on the water must reach the same destinations on foot. The foot travel replacement for the water section is ~6x greater than the distance on the water.

Other than several mandatory controls, participants in the adventure race navigate to as many or as few destinations as they like. There is at least one mandatory destination on each of the bike, water, and foot sections. Participants who choose to travel by water must carry their equipment on their bikes. The water-travel equipment must be human-powered; no motors allowed. Also, PFDs are mandatory for any travel on water. The most popular option would be to carry a small packraft and lightweight paddles. For those who'd like to brave the springtime water in the desert, you're welcome to bring swim fins. We don't recommend swimming though; the water is really cold. You're welcome to try to lug a paddleboard or a small sailboat on your bike, but that somehow doesn't seem like a reasonable option. Participants who decide against traveling on the water must visit the same water destinations on foot.

Note: We're currently arranging packraft rental for those who do not have their own packrafts. We'll update this webpage when we have updated information.


In addition to the two adventure race options, we're also offering the option for a 2-hour or 4-hour Rogaine (Score-O). In the Rogaine, participants navigate to as many destinations as they can in the 2-/4-hour time limit. We'll include a number of easier destination markers for beginners as well as more difficult destinations for our experienced navigators. More details about the Rogaine are found here.

The detailed schedule for the events is shown below. The 12-hour adventure race has a mass start at 7:00 AM. There's a mandatory pre-race briefing at 6:45 AM. For the 6-hour adventure race, the pre-race briefing is at 8:45 AM, with the mass start at 9:00 AM. Those who only want to do the foot navigation (Rogaine) can choose a start time between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM, depending on the Rogaine selected. There is no mass start for the Rogaine.

We're excited to open up another new area for our navigation events. We hope you'll consider joining us for a day of exploration and adventure.


Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for our Sonoran Desert events.
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Regular registration continues until Friday, April 5 at 11:59 PM. Regular prices are valid during this time.

Late registration begins Saturday, April 6 at midnight. Prices increase 50% for late registration.

Registration closes Tuesday, April 16 at 11:59 PM.

There is no on-site registration for the events.

Parental Consent:

Parental Consent Now Required (Click here for more information)
Parental Consent Form

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.


The Fees for the Sonoran Desert events are as follows (per person):

  • Regular Registration (closes Friday, April 6 at 11:59 PM)
    • 12-Hour Adventure Race: $60
    • 6-Hour Adventure Race: $30
    • 4-Hour Rogaine: $20
    • 2-Hour Rogaine: $10
  • Late Registration (closes Tuesday, April 16 at 11:59 PM)
    • 12-Hour Adventure Race: $90
    • 6-Hour Adventure Race: $45
    • 4-Hour Rogaine: $30
    • 2-Hour Rogaine: $15
Please note that due to increases in insurance costs and pre-conditions for our permit with the land administrators, we are forced to require pre-registration and pre-payment for our Sonoran Desert events. We're sorry for the inconvenience, but we have to reach a participation threshold to break even on the event.


Sunrise: 5:56 AM
Sunset: 7:10 PM
Civil Twilight Start: 5:30 AM
Civil Twilight End: 7:36 PM

Saturday, April 20, 2024
12-Hour Adventure Race
06:00 AM Check-in/Registration begins
06:45 AM Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing
07:00 AM 12-hour Adventure Race Mass Start
07:00 PM 12-Hour Adventure Race Course Closes
Saturday, April 20, 2024
6-Hour Adventure Race
08:00 AM Check-in/Registration begins
08:45 AM Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing
09:00 AM 6-hour Adventure Race Mass Start
03:00 PM 6-Hour Adventure Race Course Closes
Saturday, April 20, 2024
2-/4-Hour Rogaine
07:00 AM Check-in/Registration begins
08:00 AM All Rogaine Courses Open
10:00 AM Last Time to Start 4-Hour Rogaine
12:00 AM Last Time to Start 2-Hour Rogaine
03:00 PM 4-Hour Rogaine Course Closes



Details of our Rogaine events are found here. Pre-registration is required. You are welcome to start the course anytime in the start windows listed in the table above.

Adventure Race

Generic details for our adventure races are found here.
There will be no UTM plotting for this adventure race.

Team members must remain within 50 meters of each other at all times. Team members must arrive at each checkpoint together. There is no sending one person off to punch the control card while the rest of the team takes a break. Scoring is based on two points for each bike checkpoint visited, one point for each foot or water checkpoint visited. The winner is the team that gets the most points. There is one mandatory checkpoint on each leg. All other checkpoints are optional. Depending on the course, there is either a 6-hour or 12-hour time limit. There is a penalty of 1 point deducted for every 5 minutes after the time limit. Teams doing the 12-hour event arriving after 7:30 PM are marked DNF (Did Not Finish). Those doing the 6-hour event who arrive after 3:30 PM are marked as DNF.

Option 1 Option 2
Leg Distance (km) Climb (m) Distance (km) Climb (m) Total
Mandatory Controls
Details TBD
Option 1 Option 2
Leg Distance (km) Climb (m) Distance (km) Climb (m) Total
Details TBD

Gear List:

Mandatory Race Gear

Carried by each participant at all times.
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Water carrying capacity for 2 liters. Water is NOT available at the start/finish . We also DO NOT have water stations on the course. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own water bottles or a camelback.
  • Space blanket. (For emergencies.)
  • Cell phone. (For pictures or emergency calls. One per team. Not for navigation. Use for navigation will result in disqualification.)
  • First aid kit. (Mandatory for adventure racers only. One per team.)
  • Water purification tablets or filter. (Mandatory for adventure racers only. One per team.)
  • Waterproof map holder. (Maps are not waterproof.)
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries. (12-Hour adventure racers only)
    The 12-hour adventure race will finish near dusk.
    Participants must carry a light source for safety.

Mandatory Bicycle Gear

For adventure racers.
  • Mountain bike. We find it easier to hit cutoff times if you use a bicycle to travel to the bike controls.
  • Helmet
  • Bike tool kit (At least one per team.)
  • Spare tube. (One for each bike.)

Mandatory Water Gear

For adventure racers. All members of the team are required to travel to the destinations shown on the water map. The teams may travel on water or may decide to travel on foot. The distance on foot is ~6x more than the distance on water.

The gear listed below is required for those choosing to travel on water.

  • Personal floatation device (PFD). Each participant must have their own PFD. This is in addition to whatever boat, canoe, etc. they bring. Mountain bike. We find it easier to hit cutoff times if you use a bicycle to travel to the bike controls.
  • Any type of non-motorized watercraft, including an inflatable kayak, packraft, paddleboard, etc. Participants are allowed to swim, but rest assured, the mountain water is cold.
  • Waterproof bag. For transporting any gear you decide to bring with you on the water.

Recommended Gear

  • Insect repellent.
  • Sun screen. While there is shade on all the courses, we encourage you to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Leg gaiters, especially for off-trail travel.
  • Duct tape.
  • Lightweight rain jacket.
  • Extra clothing layers.

Not Allowed

  • Any device that uses a satellite connection for navigation, distance, or elevation. This includes standalone GPS units and GPS watches. You are allowed to use a GPS unit for recording your track, but you must not use any of the navigation functions of the unit during the race. We will disqualify any racer using a GPS unit for navigation during the race.
  • Motorized bicycles (electric, gas, etc.) (Do we really have to tell you?)


We will announce the exact location of the events at least one month in advance of the event date. Lodging options may be limited. You can assume that camp sites are available. Primitive cabins are also possible. Please note that travel time from larger communities to the event site could be over an hour.


For now, we are limiting the location information to somewhere less than a 2.5 hour drive west of Downtown Phoenix. We'll provide the exact location at least one month before the event date.