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You can book your NWA biking experience as a string of challenging rides interspersed with a few nights under the ubiquitous and questionable bedspread, curtains drawn against lights in the parking lot, listening to heater noises or you could make your downtime as memorable as the trail. 

Google isn’t going to explain this. Bella Vista doesn’t have a motel row. It does have plenty of lake view sunsets, windows you can leave open to the fall evening breeze, and fat couches in front of a roaring fire if breeze is a bit too chill. It does have flat screens, sports channels, wifi, and hot tubs. It’s been known to have a pool table or two.

You know it’s got the day ride you want so you type in ‘motel room’ ‘Bella Vista’ and its like, man, that trail washed out in the last big storm. Before you can downshift you find yourself headed straight into Bentonville. But you are just looking for a place to spend the night, right? Bella Vista may not have a link in anybody’s chain, but it does have more than 200 unique choices of places to sleep. 

For you, for your kids, for your team. Not just one bed or two, first floor or second. You have a lot of options in Bella Vista and it’s fun to shop. Choose your next mountain bike weekend like you choose your next trail.

Pool your resources and you and nine friends could rent a sprawling five-bedroom, four-bath lake home a few bike miles away from the trail you came to challenge for less cash. Spent the morning ripping gnarly challenges on the Back 40 in long sleeves and a face helmet? Cool off with a swim, keep on spinning with a kayak race. Loser buys the beer.

Traveling with your SO and looking for the promised romantic weekend and private getaway for the down time. You know you’ll all be stoked after the race and will want to celebrate. Restaurants jammed—you could use a hot shower—and a safe place to put your bike. Rent as many of the newly built trail front cabins designed for bicyclists—and their bikes—as the gang needs. 

The bike and sweaty gear disappear into custom bike storage not propped against the heater or piled up between the bed and the door. These eight brand new cabins were built right off the Back 40 where it connects to the Razorback Greenway.

Great for Groups

Graceful comfort and views of wooded hills and lakeview sunsets of the Ozarks. Yours. Stay focused in your own space when that’s right. And when a day calls for camaraderie—hey your buds are just across the hall. Not even a compromise. A vacation you will want to do again. It’s a tradition-making Back 40 Weekend: who rides in Bella Vista stays in Bella Vista.

Great for Families

A quick bike ride to the Back 40, amazing access to Lake Rayburn—a kayaker’s haven. And when ‘JFA’ (just fooling around) on the lake and hiking trails have worn out even the most sporting of kids, grilled burgers on the deck, three tvs w/cable, internet, hot shower, and a comfortable bed are a pretty strong antidote for the “I’m so bored” family vacation blues.

Privacy and spectacular beauty in a romantic tree house retreat. Not literally, of course—although that might be available as well. This two-bedroom house in the middle of the Ozark Mountains delivers nature comfortably through a wall of floor to ceiling windows overlooking the forest or from a huge sun dappled deck under a canopy of trees.

BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS

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