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Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Fritch Texas

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Fritch Texas

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But our work doesn’t stop there.

We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.

Taking care of the national parks and helping Americans take care of their communities is a job we love, and we need—and welcome—your help and support.

Our Mission

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Prized For More Than 13,000 Years

13,000 years ago this site was already well-known by mammoth hunters as a place to get the best stone for their tools. Centuries passed but the colorful flint found right here in the Texas panhandle never lost its value and usefulness. Visit and gain a sense of how integral this site was to the survival, commerce and culture of the High Plains. Alibates Flint was the rock that shaped – and was shaped by – cultures in the Texas Panhandle for 13,000 years.

Visit the Alibates Quarries, dug by Native Americans who were in search of the valuable Alibates Flint.

The Alibates Visitor Center is the starting point for ranger-led hikes and programs, and offers exhibits, gardens and the park movie.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I visit the monument on my own? No, you can only visit the monument on a ranger-led tour.
  2. Why do I have to visit the monument with a ranger? For the protection of the monument. All resources within the monument are protected and must be left in place and undisturbed.
  3. How do I arrange a tour? Call park headquarters at (806)857-3151 several days in advance and request a tour. Tours are generally given everyday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  4. Is there a fee for the tour? No, all tours are free.
  5. How long does the tour take? Usually about two hours.
  6. What should I bring? Water and good walking shoes with closed toes (no flip-flops). Other items you may want include sun-hat, sunscreen, or jacket, depending on the weather.

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1460 
Fritch, TX 79036

Phone:

(806) 857-6680

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