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    Palo Alto Battlefield

    National Historical Park Texas

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    Maintenance on parks roads and parking areas will begin Monday, September 1st and will continue through Friday, September 5th. Access to roads and parking areas may be limited at times. Call the park for the latest on road and parking conditions.

Fees & Reservations

Prickly pear cactus bloom

The battlefield explodes in color when the Prickly Pear blossoms appear.

Palo Alto Battlefield NHP (Public Domain)

No Admission

There is never a fee for use of or entry to Palo Alto Battlefield. Additionally, all park programs and events are free of charge.

Education Programs

To learn more about reserving a field trip to the park or scheduling a visit to your classroom, visit our For Teachers page or contact us.

Guided Tours
At any time of the year non-scheduled tours can be arranged for groups of 8 or greater. Call us at least 10 days ahead of time to inquire about a non-scheduled tour. The front desk number is 956-541-2785 x333.
 
America the Beautiful
The National Park Service is an important participant in the new Interagency Pass Program which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Participating agencies include the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

Effective January 1, 2007, The Golden Age Passport and the Golden Access Passport are no longer available for purchase. These passes have been discontinued and replaced by the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

Where to Get Yours
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge are the two sites nearest Palo Alto Battlefield where you can obtain one of these passes. You can also call the USGS (888-275-8747, option 3) or visit the USGS website.

 
2014 America the Beautiful Annual Pass

America the Beautiful Annual Pass

USGS

America the Beautiful - Annual Pass: An $80.00 Annual Pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. For more info...
 
America the Beautiful senior pass

America the Beautiful Senior Pass

USGS

America the Beautiful - Senior Pass: A $10.00 lifetime pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services.

At many sites the Senior Pass provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours). For more info...
 
2014 America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass

2014 America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass

USGS

America the Beautiful - Volunteer Pass: An Annual Pass awarded to those individuals who volunteer 250 hours at one or more recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies as a way to say "thank you!" For more info...
 
America the Beautiful Access Pass

America the Beautiful Access Pass

USGS

America the Beautiful - Access Pass: A free, lifetime pass available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability. It provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.

At many sites the Access Pass provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours). For more info...
 
Pass for U.S. Military
NEW! US military and their dependents qualify for a FREE Annual Pass. Available to US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).

Must be obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. Covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees, and Standard Amenity Fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites.

Admits the pass owners and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional 3 adults at sites that charge per person. Non-transferable. For more info...

Did You Know?

Battle of Palo Alto

Major Jacob Brown was one of many U.S. soldiers who marched to war with his dog beside him. When soldiers buried Major Brown in the earthworks at Fort Texas, the dog—a beagle—took up a position on his master’s grave and refused to move from the spot for days.