Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument - History
Jan 31, 2005, 10:08

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Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument - Texas

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.

The monument can only be viewed by ranger-led guided tours. Groups of twenty-five or less are recommended. Much of the trail is single file, and individuals in the rear of larger groups may have difficulty hearing the ranger at the front of the group. The tour involves a leisurely walk up a moderately steep trail that is covered in loose gravel in places. During the two-hour tour, visitors will learn about the flora, fauna, and cultural history of the area. Tours are offered by advanced reservation only.

The park can be viewed by advanced reservation guided tours only. Contact park headquarters at 806-857-3151. No visitor center or self guided trails.

Source: National Park Service, The University of Texas at Austin

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