Fall camping, with its crisp air, crackling fires, and landscape adorned with warm and earthy tones, offers an enchanting experience for nature enthusiasts. Fall camping in Bentonville, however, is extra special, offering all the benefits of going off-grid while staying minutes away from the Downtown Square.
Coler Mountain Bike Preserve
is an outdoor adventure destination in Bentonville that features over 20 miles of trails, an open-air cafe, workout stairs, public art, and more. Whether you seek the full outdoor immersion or a subtle touch of nature while staying conveniently close to town, Coler provides an array of amenities tailored to your unique camping style.
Read on to find out more about what makes camping at Coler so wonderful.
Airship at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Photo courtesy of Larry Fleury
The campgrounds at Coler include picturesque sites thoughtfully designed to harmonize with the tranquil ambiance of autumn. Amid the rustling leaves and crisp, cool air, you’ll find sixteen hike-in sites, five “Class B” camper-van sites, and one ADA site with adjacent parking.
The hike-in sites vary in sizes, with eight small elevated 9’ by 9’ tent platforms, recommended for one to two people, and eight large elevated 12’ x 12’ platforms for larger groups. Because campsites are on elevated platforms, tent stakes are not needed. However, extra cords are recommended to secure your tent to the cleat tie-downs. Carts are also available on site to help haul your gear to your campsite from your parking spot.
Campgrounds at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Photo courtesy of Peel Compton Foundation
Gone are the days of roughing it in the wilderness. With state-of-the-art amenities at Coler, you can freshen up and rejuvenate after a day of adventuring. The campgrounds feature:
- Heated and cooled bathrooms and showers
- Bike wash and repair stations
- Fire pits
- Dispersed hammock stands
Bonus: Take a short walk on the trail to the Homestead and you’ll be met with a beautifully designed open-air cafe. Airship at Coler has plenty of seating and a delicious menu featuring specialty coffee, beer, and snacks.
Restrooms at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Photo courtesy of Peel Compton Foundation
Direct access to trails
One of the best parts about camping at Coler is the easy access to so many different types of trails. Flow, cross-country, rock, dual slalom, flyover—you name it, there’s a trail at Coler. You are camping on a mountain bike preserve in “the mountain biking capital of the world” after all!
Check out mountain biking tips, trail conditions, maps, and other resources here
Besides the great trails, Coler also offers programs to learn how to improve your mountain biking skills. Learn more about classes here
"Drop the Hammer" at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Photo courtesy of @pamleblancadventures on Instagram
Proximity to Downtown Bentonville
Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is located about two miles away from Downtown Bentonville, and can be accessed via street protected bike lanes.
On the Bentonville Square, you’ll find restaurants, bars, locally-owned stores, and lots of public art. From that area, you can easily access other city attractions like Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a world-class art museum nestled amidst 120 acres of Ozark Forest; the Amazeum, a science and discovery museum; the Momentary, a music and performance venue; the Walmart Museum Heritage Lab, an exploratory space showcasing the history of Walmart; the Ledger, the world’s first bikeable building; and more!
Dinner at Lady Slipper. / Views of Downtown Bentonville from the top of Ledger.
Photos by Drager Creative
Book your stay!
Campsites are available year-round starting at $17 per night. Book your stay here