Online registration is now closed. You can register at the event however.
If you own a 4x4 vehicle and enjoy the overlanding lifestyle or you just want to learn more about this fast growing passion you are invited to join Natural State Overland at Mulberry Mountain, or more appropriately 35.711929, -93.797185, in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas October 20-22 2017, where you will rendezvous with others who share your interest in overland style travel and all the adventure it brings! If you haven't experienced the trails and backroads of the ozarks, you don't want to miss this opportunity, and if you have this is your chance to get back out there. Come share your experiences, knowledge, and enthusiasm while you learn from others and talk to vendors about their overland related products and participate in our vendor sponsored raffle! We are also planning various presentations on overland related topics, and trip reports, as well as ample opportunity to get out and explore the beautiful Ozark National Forest. We will post updates to this page as we finalize plans for this event.
Top Ten Reasons you don't want to miss this event!
Three chances to win cash and prizes!
Join our Natural State Overland Facebook group and our forum event thread to keep up to date with all the information about this event and submit your ideas and suggestions as we make this event one you will want to return to year after year!
Mulberry Mountain is a 650 acre Lodging and Event resort located in the heart of Arkansas's Ozark National Forest 16 miles north of Ozark, Arkansas along Hwy 23, also known as the Pig Trail National Scenic Byway. Set above the Mulberry River Valley, this amazing resort in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains offers Lodge & Cabin Rentals, a tree covered RV & Tent Campground, Convention & Reception Hall, Amphitheater, four stocked ponds, a short hiking trail to a beautiful waterfall and much more!
Three Chances to Win!
All raffle winners will be announced during our Saturday night festivities. You must be present to win.
Each vendor booth will raffle something valued at $100 or more. You will need to register with each vendor for their raffle. There will be a limit of one entry per person per vendor and you must be 18 or older to participate in the vendor raffles.
There will also be an event raffle on Saturday night. Those that register for one of the three day options by July 15th will receive three event raffle tickets with their registration. Those that register for one of the three day options by August 19th will receive two event raffle tickets with their registration. Those that register for one of the three day options after August 19th will receive one event raffle ticket with their registration. Everyone else (passenger over 18, or Saturday only registration) can purchase one event raffle ticket for $5 at the event.
We also plan to have a 50/50 drawing to benefit the winner, and Tread Lightly. You can buy as many raffle tickets as you want! One winner will be drawn and will be awarded half the pot. The other half will be donated to Tread Lightly.
Depending on sponsor donations we hope to also have various awards for different vehicle builds, trailer builds, best presentation, vehicle that travels the farthest, best campfire story, etc.
Classes, Presentations, Trip Reports
Each day there will be various classes, presentations, and trip reports. They will cover various overland related topics. Some possibilities are Basic Winching, Recovery Gear Overview, 4WD Systems Overview, Tire Tech/Repair, Vehicle Packing, Basics of Navigation, Off Road Safety, Outdoor Photography Tips, Basic First Aid, Camp Cooking, Trail Communications, Solar Power, Tread Lightly, On-board Water, and others. What presentations are offered will depend on attendance, volunteers, and scheduling. We will publish a final schedule as we get closer to the event.
We will be inviting vendors of overland related products to be a part of this event. Where would we be without our vendors! Each vendor booth will have a drawing for something valued at $100 or more. Attendees will need to register at each booth for the drawings they want to participate in. Winners will be announced during the Saturday night festivities. We invite you to visit our Vendor Spotlight page often to keep up with the vendors that have committed to attend this event.
We will have a food truck at the event so you can spend more time checking out the rigs, vendors, presentations, and trails and less time cooking! Hillbilly TaterDogs comes highly recommended and has a great menu and their prices are VERY reasonable so don't worry about packing all the cooking equipment and enjoy more of your time at Rendezvous in the Ozarks. Food truck will be available for lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday.
We will allow time for those that would like to to get out on the trail and explore the Ozarks while at the Rendezvous. The Ozarks are beautiful in the Fall and there's trails for every level of experience and vehicle build! Warning some trails can be tight and surface scratches are likely. We recommend everyone have a 4wd with tow points front and rear, and off road capable tires, also a CB, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit are recommended and we ask that everyone follow Tread Lightly principles while on the trail.
Three Day Plus Registration - $55.00
Includes three day admission to the Rendezvous for driver and passengers, one event t-shirt, one event patch, one event sticker, and one, two, or three event raffle tickets depending on how early you register.
Three Day Only Registration - $35.00
Includes three day admission to the Rendezvous for driver and passengers, one event sticker, and one, two, or three event raffle tickets depending on how early you register. Other items must be ordered separately if desired or purchased at the event.
Saturday Only Registration - $5/per person 18 years or older
For the locals that can only make it on Saturday. Includes Saturday admission to the Rendezvous and one event sticker. Other items must be ordered separately, if desired, or purchased at the event. Those attending Saturday only, will also need to purchase a day use pass from Mulberry Mountain when they enter the property. Day use passes are $5/person over 12 years of age.
There will be event shirts, patches, and stickers for sale at the event however if you want to make sure you get one we would encourage you to purchase them with your registration.
Attendees who are 18 years or older and are either passengers or are attending Saturday only (and do not already have a raffle ticket) will be able to purchase one raffle ticket (one only) to the event raffle for $5.00.
Jeep vs Toyota vs All Others!
Which group will have the most 3-day registrations for Rendezvous in the Ozarks in the competition period? We will have a special drawing at the event for the drivers of the vehicles represented by the winning group (regardless of when they registered) . If there's a tie there will be a tie breaker to determine the winning group. The drawing will be for product or gift certificate worth at least $200 (maybe more depending on the total number that register). The competition started midnight (central time) July 18th 2017 and will end at midnight central time on August 19th 2017. Everybody help get the word out to their group of choice! We will post the current count every Sunday on the Natural State Overland facebook page.
Camping: Camping and lodging fees are not included in your registration cost. You must contact Mulberry Mountain if you want to reserve an RV site at the event. If reserving an RV site the east side of the RV area will be closer to the event happenings. RV Sites 52-66 are the two rows closest to the primitive camping area and the event happenings. If you plan to primitive camp at the event you do not need to reserve a primitive site as there are not assigned campsites for primitive camping, there is a large tree shaded area designated for primitive camping and you just choose a spot upon arrival. You will need to stop at the Mulberry Mountain office as you enter the property and pay for your camping before proceeding to the event.
Refund Policy: If you cancel your registration by September 15th we will send any items that may have been included in your registration (ie. t-shirt, patch, etc) and refund $25 of any three day plus registration. If you cancel after September 15th you will not receive a refund but we will send any items that may have been included in your registration (ie. t-shirt, patch, etc) to you at no additional cost.
You can help us make this event even better! If you have suggestions or know of a potential vendor or sponsor, please go to our Contact Page and let us know. If we can't do it this year we might next year!
Thank You: With the growing popularity of overland travel we know you have choices. We hope you choose to experience all Rendezvous in the Ozarks has to offer and look forward to meeting you and hearing your story.
Online registration is now closed. You will be able to register at the event.