Thunder Through the Valley Motorcycle Parade Group Photo

Welcome to the 2022 Steel Horse Rally!

We are honored have you at the 2022 Steel Horse Rally! The rally is always proudly dedicated to “all who serve,” including military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders. The Steel Horse rally is also a 2 state event; There are entertaining events in the great states of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The Steel Horse Rally officially kicks off on Friday May 6, 2022 at noon. Come enjoy more than 70 vendors from all over the country. They will be set-up in “Vendor Village” in the 800 block of Garrison Ave. in downtown Fort Smith, the “Steel Horse Alley” area on the corner of Garrison and Steel Horse Alley (6th Street.,) and Cisterna Plaza (in the 1000 block of Garrison Ave. in the shadow of General Darby’s motorcycle statue.) Please be sure to sample the great food, products, and unique services that each vendor brings to this year’s event.

On Friday, May 06, 2022 the rally heads to Pocola, Oklahoma’s Tri-State Speedway for the annual “Steel Horse Shootout!” This year’s event will feature professional and amateur motorcycle riders on the dirt track, and we’ve also added 2 live bands AND “Micro Wrestling!” This national touring company features world class wrestling and entertainment. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss this exciting night at Tri-State Speedway, I-540 in Pocola, OK.

The Steel Horse Rally entertainment headquarters will be a the corner of 6th St. and Garrison Ave. (in the parking lot across from First National Bank). Enjoy beverages from the Steel Horse Rally Handle Bar, vendors, and live music and entertainment. This will be the location of the Very Important Biker Tent and Parking. On Saturday, May 7th watch the Miss Steel Horse Rally Contest at 8 p.m. and Messer takes the stage at 9 a.m.

Garrison Ave. in Fort Smith, Arkansas is one of the widest downtown streets in the United States. The Steel Horse Rally gives you a unique opportunity to park your motorcycle right in the middle of Garrison Ave. All we ask is park with your “front tire of the yellow line.” This is quite a sight to behold and your motorcycle needs to be in all the pictures taken of this incredible sight. Garrison closes down to all vehicle traffic expect motorcycles at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6th and at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th. The Avenue remains closed until 2:00 a.m. both nights.

We encourage everyone to ride in early and explore the world class motorcycle roads of Western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. “Must rides are: The Pig Trail (Highway 23,) Talimena Drive (starts in Eastern OK and ends in Arkansas,) and the highest point in Arkansas, Mount Magazine. Ride information is available on the official rally web page at: Are you in from out of town? Ride in of the 2 official Steel Horse runs. Public Guardians LEMC Poker Run goes kickstands up on Friday morning, May 6, 2022 and the Law Enforcement Fun Run leaves Saturday afternoon. All the information on these runs is once again available on the official web page.

The Steel Horse Rally is a “family friendly” event and most events are free to enjoy! 2022 sees the return on the exciting “Cop and Cones Motorcycle Exhibition.” This event features law enforcement motorcycle officers from all over the state run a precision course that showcases their incredible motorcycle riding skills. The event begins a 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7th and it is held right in the middle of Garrison Ave. between Towson and 12th Street. Bring the entire family and get there early for the best viewing of the 2022 edition of “Cops and Cones!”

The Steel Horse Rally has grown exponentially every year since it’s beginning in 2015. The rally would not be possible with the commitment and dedication of our incredible volunteer staff. All of the people that you see that working as security, bartenders, and several other areas are donating their time, talents, and efforts to make sure your experience at the 2022 Steel Horse Rally is safe and enjoyable. When you see you see someone wearing the Volunteer or Crew credentials, please take a moment and show your appreciation. This incredible team of giving individuals is the “fuel for the 2022 rally.”

Again this year the Steel Horse Rally will be utilizing the “Entertainment District” ordinance. This great new law allows those 21 years old or older to carry their favorite alcoholic beverage in the official Steel Horse charity cup throughout the rally grounds in downtown Fort Smith. The cup along with official armband are available at the Steel Horse Rally information tent against the giant mural in Vendor Village in the 800 block of Garrison, the Steel Horse Handle Bar next to the main entertainment stage on the corner of 6th and Garrison, and at several fine bars, restaurants, and businesses located in downtown Fort Smith. A full list is available on the official web page at or by scanning QR codes located throughout the rally grounds. The charity cups are available for a $5 minimum donation and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the 3 charities of this year’s rally. This year’s charities are: Antioch for Youth and Family, The Boy’s Shelter, and the Children’s Service League.

The 2022 Steel Horse Rally promises to be filled with fun and excitement on May 6th and 7th! We would like to thank each of you that support this fundraising event! Whether this is your first trip to the River Valley or you have come every year we genuinely appreciate you. Last year the rally had zero arrests! This is because of the hard work of local law enforcement, but as importantly it’s because of everyone’s positive attitude. The Steel Horse Rally is proof that thousands of bikers can come together and have an incredible time and take nothing but pictures and leave with awesome memories. Please make plans to attend the next Steel Horse Rally on May 5-6, 2023.

Until then, Ride Safe and Ride Hard!

Dennis Snow

The 2022 Steel Horse Rally Inc. President


The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity established in 2015 to benefit local charities, honor veterans, military, law enforcement and first responders, and help the local community.