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December 13, 2013

Looking for beautiful winter landscapes to explore?

Winter has arrived in full force to Mount Magazine. The mountain is beautiful covered in frosty layers of ice and snow. Amazing ice formations decorate the sides of cliffs and trees. You can hike to frozen waterfalls hidden along the North Rim trail or drive to the overlooks for snowy vistas. Mount Magazine State Park's winter landscapes are full of surprises.

Be sure to dress warm and tread carefully in icy conditions!

The Sounds of Christmas

Savor the Skycrest Restaurant's holiday hot chocolate menu while enjoying the sounds of live music. December 14th we will have "Harpin' Hank Hogan" playing. On December 21st Ouachita Strings will be performing in the Bear's Den.

There will also be a special hot chocolate menu available, with various tasty add ins.

Christmas Bird Count

From December 14th to January 5th thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Christmas bird counts are held all across North America and are catching on in Central and South America.

Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

 To serious birders CBCs are fun filled full days in the field trying for the highest tally of the day. They usually work in small teams and explore areas that are often overlooked. At the end of the day many participants gather somewhere for supper to compare notes, share information about unusual sightings, and hear a collective total of the day’s surveys. There are over 20 established CBCs held in Arkansas. Some birders participate in more than one CBC every season.

Avid birders are invited to participate in the first Mount Magazine Christmas Bird Count as part of an inventory of avian life. For 114 years professional and citizen scientists have collected data in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations. Volunteers are needed to cover areas in and around Mount Magazine State Park as we tally every bird species within a 15 mile diameter circle.  Some participants who live inside the circle and stay at home to watch their bird feeders. Even if they spend only 15 minutes, this information is just as important as those from the field.

Participants must contact the compiler, Don Simons don.simons@arkansas.gov  by December 27th.

For more information about Christmas Bird Counts, visit the Audubon Christmas Bird Count page. 

Skycrest Specials

Book your holiday party with us!

Skycrest Restaurant can accommodate a wide range of holiday needs, whether it's an intimate family gathering  or a corporate group of 250. We cater with a variety of food, providing light snacks, traditional holiday dinners, or dinner hors d'oeuvres.

Christmas Dinner Buffet

Spend your Christmas enjoying family, friends, and a great view! Skycrest Resturant will host a Christmas dinner buffet on Dec. 25th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner will include a slow roasted beef pot roast, pork tenderloin, cornbread dressing, scalloped potatoes, a salad bar, fresh rolls, and a decadent holiday dessert bar. Adult dinner price is $15.95

Saturday Night Italian Buffet

On Saturday night's the Skycrest Restaurant is offering a delicious Italian spread. Choose from a variety of pasta, sauces, and tasty additions such as shrimp, vegetables, and chicken to build your perfect dinner. Each buffet also includes lasagna, bread sticks, salad bar, and dessert. The buffet begins at 5 p.m. and goes until close, and is $13.95 for adults. 

Important Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 14th       Harpin' Hank Hogan
Dec. 21st       Ouachita Strings
Dec. 25th       Christmas Buffet
Dec. 31st       Midnight on the Mountain
Jan. 1st         First Day Highpoint Hike


Other programs and activities will be available through the year, including guided hikes, park tours, and wildlife programs. For more information, see our online calendar of events or contact the park for details.


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