Crystal Bridges Mountain Bike Trail

This is a 1/2 mile IMBA “Gateway Trail” designed by IMBA and PTD.  Built by PTD.  The trail is situated above the Crystal Bridges American Art Museum (under construction) and parallels a paved pedestrian path.  The trail is designed specifically for entry-level mountain bikers and not only acts as a gateway to the sport, but also as a gateway to the Slaughter Pen Trail System(13mi) from downtown Bentonville.

The trail is intended to provide new riders with a taste of all the features they may find on larger trail systems.  In order to do this, we brought in over 300 tons of stone and other material to build natural features to ride on and provide different levels of challenge.  Some of the highlights of the trail include boulder causeways, log rides, stone armored rollers and berms, and much more.  The trail is broken up into 3 segments allowing riders to enter and exit the trail via four elaborate native stone trailheads.  This allows beginners to ride sections they are comfortable with and is also great for parental oversight of kids.   The climax of the trail is the “downhill flow track”–a one-way oriented trail with multiple berms, rollers, and jumps for practicing your flow skills or simply learning basic bike-handling skills.

We hope that this trail produces future shredders.  If even 5% of the people who ride it become life-long mountain bikers and trail advocates, we have done our job well.  Please go enjoy the sweet riding opportunities in Bentonville.  This place is fast becoming a mountain bike mecca, watch out!  Go Ride…………………………………

Trail should be open beginning of June. Please stay off until open.


~ by progressivetraildesign on May 20, 2010.

4 Responses to “Crystal Bridges Mountain Bike Trail”

  1. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to see it in person!!

  2. Looks like an incredible venture. Can’t wait to see it in real life!

  3. […] idea for a great way to spend a holiday weekend—mountain biking. She’s been following Progressive Trail Designs new trail (not open yet, but soon) near the under-construction Crystal Bridges Museum in […]

  4. This seriously looks Fricken Mental- 🙂 really look forward to riding it in the future- wahooooooo!

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