Rubicon Ridge is one of three trails at Hot Springs ORV Park where you can earn a Jeep Badge of Honor. For avid off-road enthusiasts, it is on the "must do" list, as the trail consists of a myriad of challenges depending on the weather and trail conditions. You get everything from steep downhill and uphill grades, loose gravel, slick clay/dirt, larger rocks, off-camber sections, and beautiful scenery all combined on a two mile trek you won't soon forget.
7 day forecast for Rubicon Ridge D1 - Hot Springs ORV Park
From Little Rock, Arkansas: Leave Little Rock on I-30W, and follow signs for Interstate 30 W/Hot Springs/Texarkana. Approximately 27 miles from Little Rock, take the Exit for US-70 W toward Hot Springs. Continue on US-70 W for 8.1 miles. Turn right onto AR-128 W and follow it for 7.2 miles until you reach Mill Creek Road. Turn left onto Mill Creek Road, and follow it for 6.0 miles until you arrive at HSORV Park. The trailhead begins at waypoint 13 of Main Road 5.
If you are driving East on I-30 (such as coming from Texas) take Exit 98B for US-270 W toward Hot Springs. Continue onto US-270 W/Oliver Lancaster Boulevard, and drive 12.7 miles. Turn right to merge onto US-70 E toward Little Rock. Drive 2.3 miles, then take Exit 11B on the left for U.S. 70B W/Grand Avenue. Drive 0.5 mile and then merge onto U.S. 70 Business/E Grand Avenue. Drive 1.3 miles, then take Exit 4 to merge onto E Grand Avenue. Drive 0.7 miles and turn right onto Kelton Street. After 0.6 miles, turn right onto Mill Creek Road. In 2.9 miles you will arrive at HSORV Park. The trailhead begins at waypoint 13 of Main Road 5.
This was my first time wheeling in Arkansas. The Hot Springs ORV Park is a delight. Once in the park, the trailheads are well marked. Rubicon Ridge was a particular trail that I wanted to get in for the Badge of Honor program. Any excellent choice. I do recommend, however, that you should visit the park on a weekend other than Labor Day weekend. There were many large groups there to enjoy the park. As a result, there was a lot of stopping and waiting on the trail.
The first segment of the trail was the most difficult heading downhill in a particularly rocky area. Stock vehicles will scrap along this section. The middle of the trail was much more tame.
Rubicon Ridge drops off the mountain, pretty steep downhill but once to the bottom the trail winds through the mountain on the edge of the park. Definitely a fun trail. When wet some of the climbs will be a bit more difficult but not impassable. Views from both end of the trails are great. Hot Springs ORV is a great weekend park for the weekend.
We ran this one once again. I think I should have at least a few dozen Jeep "Badge of Honor" badges as many times as I have run it. It wasn't too dusty today, and we even took the Michael's Way split and made it through.
It was a beautiful day. It had rained a few days prior to our club trip, so the dust was at a minimum. The 7 Slots Jeep Club went on a "Badge Run" to run all three trails at Hot Springs Off Road Park that are in Jeep's "Badge of Honor" system. We had 14 Jeeps from stock all the way up to lifted with 37's, and everyone made it fine.
Shawn is a native of Arkansas, and enjoys camping, exploring the National Forests, chasing waterfalls, and canoeing/kayaking. His wife and family love to accompany him on most of his outdoor adventures. He is also an avid rock-crawler, and can be found at the local off-road park any chance he gets. Having been a trail guide there, he knows the trails well, and enjoys showing new guys the ropes.