Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

Overview

For thousands of years, people came to the red bluffs above the Canadian River for flint, vital to their existence. Demand for the high quality, rainbow-hued flint is reflected in the distribution of Alibates Flint through the Great Plains and beyond. Today, this area is protected by the National Park Service and is the only National Monument in Texas. Tours usually go to the Alibates Flint Quarries twice a day. When staffing and weather permit, times are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Allow 2 hours for the 1 mile walk which has an elevation gain of more than 150 feet.

Please call for reservations at (806) 857-3151, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Seasonality / Weather

Weather in this part of Texas is known for its changeability. A common Panhandle saying is, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes, and it will change!" Summer temperatures can reach 100 F or more; winters are usually mild, but may bring snow, sleet, or hail. Tornadoes, windstorms, and lightning can also occur - Alibates tours will be canceled during severe weather conditions.

Directions

Driving: 

Alibates Flint Quarries is located approximately 35 miles north of Amarillo, Texas. From I-40 in Amarillo, take Lakeside exit north towards Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Exit on TX 136 north towards Borger. After about 30 miles, turn west from TX 136 onto Cas Johnson Road. Park Service signs will be visible. Proceed approximately 3 miles to "Y" intersection and bear to right. Go northwest approximately 2 miles to the Alibates Contact Station.