2020 Anza-Borrego Desert Orienteering Meet

San Diego Orienteering
San Diego Orienteering
Public group
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January 18-19th, San Diego Orienteering presents the 2020 Desert Orienteering Festival, a weekend of unique navigation competitions in the beautiful Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near Borrego Springs, CA. Come join us for a thrilling event, packed with 4 different races in 2 exciting days.

Located 90 miles east of San Diego, this rugged, open desert terrain is like nothing else in the world. Sunny, warm winter days attract competitors from around California and beyond looking to kick start their spring season and enjoy the region’s many attractions.

We are honored that this year’s event will act as a destination training competition for the US junior and senior orienteering teams!

Attendance is limited due to permit.

Registration and latest details are available at www.desert-orienteering.com.


Saturday 10am: A mass-start race with a few twists. Long "Goat" (10k) and Short "Lamb" (5k). Race briefing at 9:45, Mass Start at 10:00, individual starts until 11:00, course closes at 3:00

Saturday Afternoon: Sprint

Sunday, 9am: Traditional point-to-point orienteering courses, starts at 9am to 11am, course closes at 1:00. Classes: Beginner (Yellow), Intermediate (Orange), Advanced - Brown, Green, Red, Blue.

Sunday 2pm: One hour to choose your own route (aka Score-O) through the famous slot canyons in the desert "maze". Starts from 1:00 to 2:00, course closes at 3:00


Camping is available at the site for free. Bring water. The quaint hidden gem of Borrego Springs, CA is nearby and the tourist mecca of Julian, CA is just up the hill. Reserve soon as rooms fill up this time of year.


Borrego Springs is a gorgeous 2-3 hour drive from San Diego, Ontario, and Palm Springs airports. Broader itineraries could make use of Orange County, Los Angeles, or Burbank airports. We have regularly have competitors drive from Phoenix, Tucson, and San Francisco.


Event HQ is at[masked], [masked].

From the West: Take Highway 78 through Julian and go 10.5 miles past the junction with S-3 (Yaqui Pass Road) and 1.5 miles past the junction of Highway 78 with Borrego Springs Road. Look for the brown Buttes Pass and Orienteering signs on the left. Turn off Highway 78 onto the dirt Buttes Pass Road and go 1.6 km (one mile) to the junction and go right 0.7 km (0.4 mi.) to the camping area and Competition Center on the broad saddle.

From the East: Take Highway 78 about 7 miles past Ocotillo Wells and look for the Buttes Pass and Orienteering signs on the right and follow Buttes Pass Road as described above.

The route will be signed from Route 78. Expect sand and no cell service.

For questions, please contact Mark Prior at [masked]