National Alibates Flint Quarries Monument Information:
Archeological traces of prehistoric Indians'
homes, workshops, and campsites dot the entire Canadian River region of the Texas Panhandle, but few sites are as dramatic as Alibates Flint Quarries. Actually an
Agatized or silicified dolomite
, the flint is distinctive for its many bright colors. This flint comes from a 10-square-mile area around the monument, but most is concentrated on about 60 acres atop a mesa in the heart of the 1,000 acre monument. More than 700 quarries exist where this flint was dug out by hand. Today the quarries are usually round ovals approximately six or more feet in diameter with depressions in the center. Wind and rain have filled the once four to eight foot deep holes with soil. Visiting the flint quarries is by guided tours only. Park Ranger guided tours are available for school groups and individuals. These one mile tours last approximately 2 hours and are offered year round by reservation only. Tours are usually offered daily at 10am and 2pm, weather permitting. Bring drinking water and wear hiking shoes. The visitor center area features a bookstore, a seating area, an orientation film, indoor exhibits, a patio, a 10 minute hiking trail, and an interpretive garden. The park hosts the Junior Ranger program, and hosts flint-knapping demonstrations several times a month. The park staff has developed three traveling trunks which include a mammal trunk, an insect trunk and a water trunk. These trunks may be checked out by area schools located within 80 miles of the park. Park rangers will also visit schools. Volunteers
are needed. The site is managed by the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, and is located adjacent to the Lake Meredith NRA. From Fritch drive 10 miles south on SH 136. Go west on McBride Canyon/Alibates National Monument Road and drive to the Alibates Visitor Center. Lake Meredith & Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Map
Lake Meredith Information:
The 16,441 surface acre Lake Meredith was formed by the construction the Sanford Dam on the Canadian River. The lake was impounded in 1965. It has a maximum depth of 127 feet. Lake Meredith supplies water to eleven West Texas cities including Amarillo, Borger, Brownfield, Lamesa, Levelland, Lubbock, O'Donnell, Pampa, Plainview, Slaton and Tahoka. Archeological traces of prehistoric Indians, most notably at the Alibates Flint Quarries
, dot the lake area. Fritch and the resort communities of Sanford, Lake Meredith Estates and Bugbee Heights, lie just outside the park boundaries. The lake is owned and operated by the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority. The lake and the NRA parklands are located just west of Fritch, and 10 miles west of Borger, Texas.For more complete lake information, go to Lake Meredith Home Page
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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Information:
The historic 1903 David and Abigail McBride Ranch House is located in McBride Canyon on the southeastern side of the lake. An environmental study area is located adjacent to the house. Park activities include hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, off-road vehicle use, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, nature study, bird watching, stargazing, and ranger led activities. The primary NRA activity is boating. Habitat consists of a variety of Shortgrass Prairie grasses. Wildlife includes mule deer, white-tailed deer, coyotes, mountain lion, bobcat, cottontail rabbits, muskrat, raccoon, least shrew, desert shrew, several species of bats, squirrels, beavers, wolves and foxes, black bear, bison, weasels, the Texas Horned Lizard (the state reptile of Texas), ornate box turtle, collared lizard, pronghorn antelope, Texas blind snake, prairie and western diamondback rattlesnakes, the common checkered whiptail lizard, and many others. Birds are plentiful. ADA compliant amenities and facilities
and facilities include the headquarters building, publications and roadside exhibits for the hearing impaired and others, and tactile models and touchable exhibits for the blind. The NRA has no camping or park entrance fees. The NRA is managed by the National Park Service. The visitor center has maps and area guides, and sells books, snacks, souvenirs, gifts, and small necessities. The lake and NRA are located just west of Fritch, and 10 miles west of Borger, Texas. Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Facilities Map
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From IH-40 in Amarillo, take Lakeside exit north towards Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Exit on SH 136 north towards Borger and drive approximately 30 miles to Cas Johnson Road. Park Service signs will be visible. Go west on Cas Johnson Road. Proceed approximately 3 miles to the "Y" intersection and bear to right. Go northwest approximately 2 miles to the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Contact Station.
From Fritch drive 10 miles south on SH 136. Go west on McBride Canyon/Alibates National Monument Road and drive to the Alibates Visitor Center.