Slaughter Pen Freeride Park Survey

•August 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Friends At Slaughterpen Trails (FAST) & Progressive Trail Design (PTD are conducting a survey for the “Freeride Park” at Slaughter Pen Trail System in Bentonville, AR.

We are entertaining the idea of having PTD develop a Master Plan Design for a new & improved progressive-based park for all skill levels (similar to Valmont Bike Park, Boulder, CO or Trailside Bike Park, Park City, UT).  We are conducting this survey to determine the interest of the riding community in such a park, what elements or features they would like to see, and what kind of commitment they would make to taking care of the park.

Survey Link: Slaughter Pen Freeride Park Survey

Please take 5 min. to fill out and email to or snail mail to:

Progressive Trail Design

3665 W. Haymaker Place

Fayetteville, AR 72704

Thanks for your time and support of the Slaughter Pen Trail System.  Your opinion is valuable and will help determine the future of this park.




Trailside Bike Park Phase 1 Complete

•June 3, 2011 • 1 Comment

After a long bout with the weather, we finally wrapped it up today!

Be sure to come to the Grand Opening June 18th!

Special thanks to Snyderville Basin Recreation District for making this happen and to Ben Blitch, Troy Duffin, and Cody of Alpine Trails for helping us with this project!

Eric Porter rippin the Wall!

Step Up. Int. Slopestyle Trail

Final Groom

Final Wall being erected!


Enough room for 3 more?

Trailside Bike Park – Phase 1

•May 17, 2011 • Leave a Comment

First day on the ground in PC.  We got the ” Beginner Flow Trail” completly dialed today!  We worked from the top down with the mini x and a 4 man ground crew.  Reshaped some features that had flow issues and groomed the entire trail.

Next is the pumptrack, skills trail and then on to the Intermediate SS Trail!  Hope the rain/snow holds out.

Ahhhh, PC

Reworking Berm for better Flow.


Max hitting tables

Phase One of Blowing Springs Finished

•April 15, 2011 • 2 Comments

Phase I of Blowing Springs Trail in Bella Vista proved to be our new zenith. Both the design and ride of this trail reach new PTD heights. The location was great and the challenges were many and we raised the bar again with our bridge and Stone work.  The whole PTD crew deserves a pat on the back. A great trail system to visit for anyone on foot or bike.

CCC Baby


From the West


Crone in the Throne


Giant crib for switchback trail entry


PTD Team member Cory West takes 2nd at Daytona 200

•March 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Cory West one of our trail builders and shapers has an alter ego. He is a freakin’ super hero in the road racing motorcycle world. Check out this video of the last laps of the Daytona 200 this past weekend. He is #57. Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow. His teammate is involved in the crash at the finish line. Unbelievable. Turn this up when you watch it.

Blowing Springs Trail Update (Bella Vista, AR)

•February 27, 2011 • 3 Comments

We have been at it for 3 weeks now and have cut over 8000 feet by machine and 1500 feet by hand.  We have carved trail through moss-laden bluff lines, deep valley’s,  past old homesteads and cemeteries.  This place is truly special.  It reminds us of the trails and building days of our earlier years–the quintessential Ozark trail experience.  After a year of building more specialized trail projects (i.e. flow tracks, bike parks, park renovations), it is nice to get back to the roots of trailbuilding.  Just good ol’ fashion Arkansas Singletrack!

Hand-cut bliss

The next generation of trail users.

More hand-cut goodness

Ride the snake.

Latest Devil’s Den Efforts

•January 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Don’t have finishing pics from these projects yet. Ran out of time or light, one or the other. Will get the final images at a later date, but this is good idea of what is going on. 20 foot white oak round timber bridge on the Yellow Rock Trail and a new set of stone risers on the Devil’s Den Trail. Thanks to Tim Scott and the whole Devil’s Den Staff for being so accomodating to us yet again. Love the office you provide.

Intro riser at trail junction


Movin’ on up



Putting the wheeler to work





The "Log Wizard" at work

Finishing Touches

Wood is good