Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves and interprets the site of the first battle of the U.S.-Mexican War.
The park’s visitor center offers an exhibit area, 15 minute video, and a WNPA book sales outlet. A walking trail leads you from the visitor center out to the battlefield.
The park regularly hosts special events and living history programs and also offers seasonal programming like walking tours and birding walks. For program schedules or more information please call 956-541-2785. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First Clash of the U.S.-Mexican War
On May 8, 1846, United States and Mexican troops clashed on the prairie of Palo Alto. The battle was the first in a two-year long war that changed the map of North America. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the site of this notable battle and provides an understanding of the causes, events, and consequences of the U.S.-Mexican War.