Need A Lift? Mountain Bike Shuttle Services in Arkansas

A good friend will go mountain biking with you, a great friend will drive the shuttle. New trails are being built and classics are beginning to attract interest from outside the state. With expanding trail infrastructure comes new business opportunities. Arkansas has long been known for its hospitality, unique lodging and great food; staples of the Arkansas tourism product. The growth of … [Read more...]

A Talk with Seth of Seth’s Bike Hacks

Some of you may remember that during the International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit, held in Bentonville, AR last year, Seth Alvo of Seth's Bike Hacks visited and did a few videos. You'll see that Seth quickly picked up on the mountain bike friendliness of Northwest Arkansas. Video from the visit last November This Spring, Seth came back. This time to check out some of our old … [Read more...]

Report: Consumers spend $887 billion on outdoor recreation each year – Talk Business & Politics

The outdoor industry continues to grow in the Natural State. Here are some economic reasons to continue to improve the state's outdoor recreation opportunities and protect the special places that we not only enjoy but are also key to the economic development of Arkansas. Outdoor recreational activity generates $887 billion in consumer spending each year, according to a report released April … [Read more...]

Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place to do it

We are a nation of achievers. That’s a good thing when it comes to growth, innovation and progress—after all, it wasn’t people sitting around fanning themselves and binge-watching television who put us on the moon or gave us smartphones. But it turns out that all this achievement may be taking a toll on our health. … Source: Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place … [Read more...]

At Cuyuna, MTB Trails Revitalize ‘Forgotten Region’ – GearJunkie

I recently visited Oak Ridge, Oregon where they had a similar situation. The timber industry had moved out and the town was looking for a way to revitalize itself. Mountain Biking was also their answer and I can't wait to go back. I can think of some great places to do this in Arkansas, in fact, it may be already happening, but that is for another time. In northern Minnesota, a small town … [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...]

New Arkansas Mountain Biking Guide

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is all in on mountain biking in the Natural State. Not only did they send yours truly to Sin City to attend Interbike and tell everyone about our great state, they gave me this awesome brochure to share with folks. … [Read more...]

A Little Recognition Feels Good But…..

...sometimes it means so much more. Every year the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)  looks over applications and makes site visits to trails and communities around the world; I refer to this as the best job in the world. They do this to highlight the best trail systems and places to ride mountain bikes. Most of the general public, even many mountain bikers, are not familiar … [Read more...]

Bring’em On

Things are tough all over. I know this because they say so on the news all the time. Businesses closing, layoffs, too much food, not enough food, it's all very depressing. Over my many years on the planet, I've been in the middle of a bunch of it. But I remain optimistic. Sure, I'm one of those really annoying, "glass is half full and I know where we can get more water kind of guys". But even I … [Read more...]

Where did they come from?

Last week I posted an article on the 2011 Raid the Rock Adventure Race. The race organizers were kind enough to share the zip codes of the participants with me and I came up with this map: They did miss a zip code from Colorado (late entry) and you can see that this particular adventure race brought visitors to Central Arkansas from as far away as Iowa, South Carolina, Round Rock, Texas and … [Read more...]