Alibates Flint, distinctive for its varied coloration, occurs in dolomite outcrops atop Permain Aged Redbeds in the Canadian River breaks near Amarillo and Fritch, Texas. Early inhabitants left shallow pits as evidence and quarry activity.
Operating Hours, Seasons
Daily tours offered at 10 am and 2 pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Off season tours are by advanced reservation only. No visitor center or self guided trails. Entrance into the monument is by a guided tour with a park ranger or volunteer.
PLANE – Amarillo International Airport, then by car to the monument.
CAR – Highway 136 to the Cas Johnson road (25 miles north of Amarillo, 7 miles south of Fritch). Follow Cas Johnson road 5 miles to the Bates Canyon contact station. Ranger or volunteer will meet participants there, then lead them in their vehicles 3 miles further to the monument site.
Weather & Climate
Four Seasons: Cool and rainy to hot and dry Winter lows: 0 – 10 degrees F, Summer highs: 95 – 105 degrees F, Annual rainfall: 20 inches
Contact station has wheelchair ramp. Outhouse wheelchair accessible. No visitor center or exhibits. Trail is short (1/2 mile), steep and is not wheelchair accessible.
McBride Campground at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Open All Year
There are no campgounds within Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. McBride Canyon is the closest campground to the monument. No designated camping sites. Beautiful area, with huge cottonwood trees shading the picnic tables. Chemical toilet, no water avaiable. No RV hookups or camping fee. Dirt road can become impassable during and after rain. Link to Lake Meredith National Recreation Area for more campground information.