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.Read More
Connect to Palo Alto like never before. Go on an extensive virtual tour via your mobile phone, become a fan of the park, or follow us @PaloAltoNPS.Read More
March Into The Past
Walk the trails and survey Palo Alto from our battlefield overlook. The trail also features interpretive waysides and rest stops as well.Read More
Make Palo Alto Your Classroom
Bring your students to Palo Alto Battlefield for a unique learning opportunity and experience the battlefield firsthand.Read More
Did You Know?
Like his rider, Zachary Taylor’s horse became a national hero. Praised for his bravery in battle, “Old Whitey” became the subject of portraits, poetry, and music. When Taylor became President in 1850, the horse was allowed to graze on the White House lawn.