• Alibates Flint Quarries and the Canadian River Breaks

    Alibates Flint Quarries

    National Monument Texas

Things To Do

Down the trail at ALFL May 2009 by Kris Abu-Hantash

Visitors hike down the Alibates Quarries tour trail (one mile round-trip hike).

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Call in advance for additional information about our interpretive ranger-guided hiking tour of the Alibates Flint Quarries, located on the monument. In October, during Texas Archeology Month, we also offer ranger-guided hikes to the Antelope Creek Ruins excavation site.

To learn more about our ranger-guided hikes and to make a reservation, call 806-857-3151 (weekdays) or 806-857-6680 (weekends/holidays).

 
ALFL Garden 1 July 2012

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Visitor Contact Station

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Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument has a modern visitor contact station with exhibits, flint samples, a bookstore, and a theater, where you may watch our site's award-winning 10-minute orientation film.

The Alibates contact station also has an NPS passport cancellation station with stamps for both Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. We also offer a Junior Ranger program for both Alibates and Lake Meredith.

 
corn beans

Native American demonstration garden with plants such as corn, beans, squash, and melons.

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Outside, you may visit the Alibates Interpretive Garden or take a 10-minute self-guided hike in the Mesquite Trail, which winds around a small mesa adjacent to the garden.

Other nearby areas of interest include McBride Canyon and Mullinaw Trails area, both accessible by turning onto Cas Johnson Road from Highway 136, then turning left at the large sign that says "McBride Canyon." (The Mullinaw area lies several miles beyond McBride Canyon and is accessible only by an unpaved and rough road that can be muddy after rain. Proceed with extreme caution.)To reach the Mullinaw Trails, stay on main dirt road and continue in southwesterly direction when road forks.

Other things to do in the immediate area include driving a short distance from the contact station to Bates Canyon, site of an old Lake Meredith boat ramp. Here you can view a now-dry section of the lake bed and look for wildlife in the heavy undergrowth at the foot of the boat ramp.

You also may take the paved road that goes past the Alibates parking lot. The two-mile road winds up and over several mesas, giving some interesting views of the landscape and the monument from a distance. You also may choose to turn on Dolomite Point Road (marked with a small wooden sign), and take a dirt road to see additional views of the area, including a "chimney" formation (dirt road will fork -- take left-hand fork). CAUTION: Dolomite Point Road is unpaved, rough, and potentially muddy in damp weather. Proceed with extreme caution.

 
Alibates VC in snow
Alibates Visitor Contact Station in winter
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Plum Creek campground

Plum Creek campground, on West side of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

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CAMPING INFORMATION:

Camping is available nearby at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. THERE ARE NO RV HOOKUPS. http://www.nps.gov/lamr/planyourvisit/camping.htm

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area features hiking, camping, hunting, bird watching, swimming, horseback riding, boating, and fishing.

Did You Know?

Petroglyph

The Antelope Creek People lived near the Alibates Flint Quarries from approximately 1000 AD to 1500 AD. More...