I always thought I would be living in the Chicago area my whole life. Of course, I've dreamed of living in some of the top mountain bike destinations, but it was always just that, a dream. Then just over 3 years ago my fiancee and I moved to the self-proclaimed "mountain bike capital of the world" Bentonville, Arkansas. Well, actually 1 hour 20 minutes southeast of Bentonville. Coming from the Chicago area was going to be a big life change, so we decided to make it an even bigger change and move out into the county with some acreage instead of the urban area we lived our whole lives in. It was an opportunity to create the lives doing things we always dreamed about. Working towards being more self-sufficient. Creating our own businesses, growing some of our own food, building our own mountain bike trails and starting to restore the land with regenerative agriculture to name a few. Now about "the mountain bike capital of the world"... Having ridden some of the more obvious destinations that a lot of riders, including myself consider the capitals, I can't say whether Bentonville ever will be or not. I will say that with the rate the trail systems, riding community, accessibility to all things biking are growing in Northwest Arkansas along with being able to experience it all year round, that it is truly unique in this world to only "the natural state".
Bringing some of the vibes from other top contenders of "mountain bike capital of the world" to my property in Arkansas with a hand-split cedar ladder bridge.
Choose between rocky tech on an enduro bike or jumps and flow on the dirt jumper. Or don't and ride both.
Exploring the less crowded trails outside of Bentonville.
The karst topography of Arkansas makes some unique rock formations.
When there is this much rock you put it to use. Rock slab hip Coler Bike Park.
Fall is a favorite time to ride around here.
Tree tunnel line through the cedars.
Lots of the trails around here are lined with caves, rock bluffs and springs.
Familiar encounters around the trails.