The First Clash

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.

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Memorial illumination at Resaca de la Palma Battlefield

Special events & programs

From musket demos to tours, Palo Alto offers a variety of interpretive programming and special events.

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Connect to the park in new exciting ways

Get connected

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.

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Students becoming cannoneers

Make the park your classroom

Bring your students to Palo Alto Battlefield for a unique learning opportunity and experience the battlefield firsthand.

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Battlefield trail

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.

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