DescriptionAlibates Flint Quarries National Monument is 34 miles northeast of Amarillo off SR 136 on the south shore of Lake Meredith. The land at this 1,370-acre site is rich in flint, which occurs in a variety of colors and was used for toolmaking and barter by prehistoric cultures up to 12,000 years ago. The area around the monument was the source of many ancient implements discovered throughout the Southwest and Great Plains.
Park headquarters near Fritch is open daily 9-4. Phone ahead to confirm hours and holiday closures. Flint quarries can be visited only on a 1-mile ranger-guided walking tour offered daily at 10 and 2; reservations are required. Grounds closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free. For more information, phone (806) 857-3151 Mon.-Fri., or (806) 857-6680 Sat.-Sun.