How Many is Umpteen Rides?

Now in its 3rd year, the Umpteen Rides are back. Last year was the test run. Paul and Melanie Norris, local mountain bike and trail advocates, decided to talk a bunch of cyclists across the state into having twentysomething rides, mostly mountain biking with some gravel and pavement, across the state between Thanksgiving and New Years. It was awesome. Umpteen Rides is a free Poker run that runs … [Read more...]

Lost Valley Area Closing for Improvements

(from media release) The National Park Service (NPS) will close the Lost Valley Road and day-use area on Monday, December 10, for a 10-week-long improvement project that will relocate a portion of Lost Valley Road, parking area, and trailhead out of the immediate flood zone of Clark Creek. The purpose of this project is to provide safe vehicular access to the Lost Valley Trailhead while … [Read more...]

Back 40 Trails Data Survey

We were in Bella Vista over the past weekend and noticed local residents using the trails to walk to shopping. As many of the main roads do not have wide shoulders or sidewalks this appears to be supporting both a safe community and a healthy one. Yesterday, study results were announced on the impact of these trails on Bella Vista. As a side note, the city is currently constructing 50 more miles … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Seeks Campground Hosts for 2019 Season

(from media release) Buffalo National River is now accepting applications for volunteer campground hosts at five National Park Service-administered campgrounds—Steel Creek, Kyles Landing, Ozark, Tyler Bend, and Buffalo Point. Campground hosts assist National Park Service personnel in welcoming visitors, providing park information, ensuring camper registration and payment of fees, promoting the … [Read more...]

Out of the Red and Into the Black – Shop Small

I spent over 20 years on the battle lines of "Black Friday" working in both small camera shops and big box electronics stores. I got out before it started creeping into Thanksgiving, thank goodness. Although the phrase "Black Friday" seems evil and sinister, it started as the terminology used by shop owners for the day they would actually start making money for the year. That's right, many small … [Read more...]

Arkansas Mountain Bike Trails – The Destination

According to this video, Arkansas mountain biking is all about community, and that is no lie. Although a bit more time on the Central Arkansas/Hot Springs scene would have been nice since it's had a strong mountain bike community since the 1980s. Video blogger Jeff Kendall-Weed says, "Word on the street is that the mountain bike scene in Arkansas is something pretty incredible. I wanted to check … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of a Mountain-Bike Trail Builder | Outside Online

Well, look who made it into the pages of Outside Magazine. It's always good when we run into Clayton and Woody (Nathan), besides being great guys, it usually means that world class mountain bike trails are being built nearby. Clayton Woodruff, vice president of Progressive Trail Designs (PTD) in Bentonville, Arkansas, misses digging in the dirt. When he joined the mountain-bike trail-building … [Read more...]

Northwoods Mountain Bike Trail – Grand Opening

My tires bounced along a rocky path carved through a dense forest of towering pine trees. The sunlight filtering through the canopy revealed a scene that looked as though it was plucked from a J. R. R. Tolkien novel. We were completely in the wilderness, yet only minutes from downtown Hot Springs National Park, riding a newly-constructed network of trails that brings world-class mountain biking to … [Read more...]

E-bike festival planned for Bentonville next year

(from media release) Organizers of a new electric bike festival coming to the cycling destination of Bentonville next year hope to bring together thought leaders both inside and outside the industry to address the industry’s challenges and spur new innovation, with e-bikes as a key element in jump-starting market growth. “My take is we need to innovate in cycling. There are all these things that … [Read more...]

Press Coverage for Events: PR Essentials to Make Your Race a Success

We provide this article as a cry for help from race/event organizers and directors across the state. We have wonderful outdoor events and Arkansas Outside has done it's best to keep up with the growing community that is based around outdoor recreation. Often we find ourselves scouring social media pages to find information on events to share with the outdoor community both in-state and … [Read more...]