If you had any doubts as to Northwest Arkansas’ standing as a premier mountain bike destination, just take a look at what’s new. In addition to The Back Forty which is 40 miles of natural surface trails that were finished in 2016, the Walton Family Foundation is supporting another2018 Red Bull Pump Track World Championship new 50 mile trail system in Bella Vista to nearly double the city’s mileage. Then there’s the construction of the Runway Bike Park which will be home to the nation’s largest pump track constructed by Velosolutions – which will host the Final on October 13th.

Walton Family Foundation opens Coler Mountain Bike Preserve to the public

And now, residents of Bentonville and the surrounding areas have another reason to celebrate – the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is finally open to the public. That means another 16 miles of trails with four different trailheads and some pro-level features, all within 5 minutes of Bentonville by bike.

Walton Family Foundation opens Coler Mountain Bike Preserve to the public

In addition to the trails, the Preserve will include 25 tent and hammock camp sites with wooden platforms for the tents, and a restroom facility with showers. You’ll also find renovated barns, open air pavilions, plenty of parking, two bike wash stations, and a Berm Building with a cafe.

The opening comes just before Outerbike Bentonville which takes place October 26-28th, which coincides with IMBA’s Dirty30 celebration. It’s shaping up to be a great time on bikes!



  1. Ayyggss on

    i was there prematurely a little over a year ago . Coler preserve , the back 40 ,slaughter penn . so amazing . locals were cool food was great . defiantly have to go back !

    • Bob on

      Pretty sure no one is forcing their employees to work there. They could take their skills elsewhere anytime they want. All of these wage demands by unskilled labor are going to come back to bite them in the near future. Automation will put all but a select few out of work entirely. As a business owner i would do everything i could to automate so i would not have to deal with social justice warriors picking up a cause against my company in the future. i would bet that the cost of automation for fast food or groceries industries would not be too much higher than the potential loss form strikes or other disruptions.

      As for the trails they are building, i think it is awesome. I cant wait to head down there and explore the lot of them.


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