Off-roading in Hot Springs began in the late 1970's with people 'wheeling on a multitude of timber company logging roads, and utility company right-of-ways. Over the years this "unofficial trail system" grew into an impressive array of trails. It was great while it lasted... in 1999 the landowners closed access to the area and put the property up for sale.
In 2001, a group of off-road businessmen, enthusiasts and conservationists purchased the acreage with the intent of developing the nation’s premiere off-roading destination, while preserving the land's natural beauty.
The Park includes the majority of the original trail system, and new trails and obstacles with varying degrees of difficulty are continuously being built on every terrain type imaginable -- hill climbs (both "finesse" and "horsepower required" types), mud pits, rock gardens, water crossings, you name it. All trails are mapped and posted with difficulty ratings for the various vehicle types, so you always know your location, and what to expect terrain-wise.
9am to dusk Thursday-Monday, 51 weeks a year. The park is closed the week of Christmas (December 21-28, 2010). Camping is available Thursday-Sunday Nights.
Special hours are available by appointment for groups of six or more if scheduled in advance.