You Want to Live Here…or at Least Visit

A couple of videos came into focus for me during the past couple of days. One promoting the mountain bike lifestyle that can be had in Northwest Arkansas (thanks to the OZ Trails website). The second came from the city of Little Rock based on a the Travels with Darly television show. This one shows a lot of the reasons I enjoy living in the capital city. Arkansas has really changed the last … [Read more...]

The Economic Benefits of the Buffalo National River

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,463,304 visitors to Buffalo National River in 2015 spent $62,243,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 969 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $72,009,000. “Buffalo National River welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Kevin Cheri. … [Read more...]

Cycling Greats, Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill coming to Arkansas

Two legendary riders—Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill—will be on hand for the 2016 IMBA Word Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas. Rey, a member of IMBA’s honorary advisory board, has attended previous IMBA summits, including delivering a memorable keynote address at the 2012 event when he reviewed highlights from his career as one of the sport’s most acclaimed adventure and trials riders. MacAskill, … [Read more...]

6 Arkansas Winter Destinations

We asked our readers where they want to be when Winter finally hits. Arkansas Winters can vary from snow and ice extremes to highs in the 60's. Either way, Arkansas offers it's own Winter beauty with big views, cool, quiet hollows and cold evenings perfect for enjoying a nice campfire or cabin fireplace. There were 6 destinations you chose as the best in Arkansas and they range from cabins with … [Read more...]

“Where’s the forks?” Better Practices on Coordinating Responsible Events

By Brannon Pack, Events Coordinator, Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC) Organizing and coordinating large scale mountain bike races and festivals comes with a price… responsibility. A lot of that “responsibility” can be delegated to volunteers, partners and sponsors, but in the end ownership ultimately falls on your club or organization. The Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, a chapter of IMBA, organizes … [Read more...]

Cranksgiving Gives Back

Last year, the inaugural Cranksgiving Little Rock gave the cycling community a unique opportunity to have a great time while helping the Arkansas Rice Depot serve those in need. Soon after the event, organizer Shana Buterbaugh gave us her 5 reasons why Cranksgiving should be an annual event. We listened. The Second Annual Cranksgiving Little Rock benefiting The Van was bigger, better and more … [Read more...]

Halloween Hauntings

It's pretty well known that around the Arkansas Outside International offices, strategically centered here in the middle of the state, Halloween reigns supreme. We tend to outdo the rest of the street in spooky yard art, we usually throw a ridiculous party and we tend to drag it out into November with the Day of the Dead celebration. If you are so inclined to scare yourself silly, the Arkansas … [Read more...]

Dia de LOST Muertos

Addendum: Today is All Souls Day and Dia de Muertos with yesterday being All Saints Day and Dia de los Angelitos for little ones who've passed. It's a day to pray for the faithful, or for prayers and remembrance of family and loved ones. Yesterday I rode in the Dia de LOST Muertos ride with an altar for my dad, playing his beloved Johnny Cash while we rode. It wasn't a processional like I thought … [Read more...]

AHTD to Hold “30 Crossing” Public Involvement Meeting in North Little Rock

  Below is the news release concerning the public meeting tonight on the AHTD plan to widen I-30 across the Arkansas River. As a promoter of the outdoor lifestyle in Arkansas, Arkansas Outside has some serious issues with this plan. Please come to the meeting, read about alternative ideas at the bottom of this post and be informed. LITTLE ROCK (10-16) – The Arkansas State Highway and … [Read more...]

Bike Mounted Park Rangers

When you were a kid, did you dream of being a park ranger—or do you just think the hat is cool. (Apparently, the flat hat protects them from the hot sun.) It's not every day you are labelled a (Volunteer) Park Ranger and taken on a tour of a vast area of American wilderness, so that within a few weeks you can lead guided walks in it. But that is one of the privileges of joining the Volunteer Park … [Read more...]