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Getting Here

We recommend flying into either Tucson International Airport (TUS) or Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and renting a car. The distance between Phoenix and Tucson is about 100 miles. PHX is a bigger airport and may offer better connections and prices. If you’re staying for the whole week then you’ll be in Phoenix at the end, too.

Where to Stay

Tucson Hotels

For the Tucson portion of the week (Mar 2-8) we recommend staying in a hotel or rental house in the city of Tucson. The Tucson events are north, south, east, and west of the city, so having a central location will minimize driving over the week.  

Tucson Camping

The wide open spaces of Arizona provide some lovely opportunities for camping. While the days will be beautiful, the nights will be cold.

Catalina State Park camping is convenient for our Saturday and Sunday events, and will make a nice basecamp for the week. We have reserved the Granite Group Site from Friday, March 1 to Monday, March 4. Fees are $20/vehicle/night and you will pay on arrival at the park. There are showers and restrooms, picnic tables, and fire rings. No electricity. Note that the average morning low is 41F, and the record low is 19F, so pack your winter sleeping bags! If you are interested in camping with us at Granite, please fill out this camping interest form.

The area near our Tuesday and Thursday events is covered by Forest Service Dispersed Camping Guidelines. This is free primitive camping with no services provided. Contact Peg (pegdavis at Arizona dot edu) a week before the event if you’d like details on where other orienteers are likely to be camping if you prefer less solitude. Lows of 23F are possible.

Phoenix Hotels

Stay tuned for recommendations for the Phoenix weekend. Based on the locations of the events (east of Phoenix) it’s best to look for something on that side of the valley.

Phoenix Camping

Stay tuned for options closer to the 2024 locations.

Lost Dutchman State Park

6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
(480) 982-4485

Scenic desert hiking trails, picnic facilities, 72 campsites, wildlife, restrooms & showers.

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