The First National Monument in Texas
13,000 years ago, Alibates Flint Quarries was well-known by mammoth hunters as a place to find the best stone for making tools. Centuries passed, climates and people groups changed, but the colorful Alibates never lost its value or usefulness. The quarry pits at Alibates reveal a clue to the past. These interesting pits were dug by hand, possibly using bone tools, 500-800 years ago. High on a mesa at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, there is a thick layer of human-generated flakes of multi-colored Alibates flint. After your visit, you will gain an understanding of how integral this site was to the survival, commerce and culture of people living on the High Plains many millions of years ago.
Last updated: July 21, 2021