• Flying artillery crew in action.

    Palo Alto Battlefield

    National Historical Park Texas

Things to know before you come

Soldiers made sure they had water with them...you should too.

Soldiers made sure they had water with them...you should too.

Palo Alto Battlefield NHP (public domain)

Have a fun & safe visit

To make your visit to Palo Alto more enjoyable, please follow these precautions:

  • Stay on marked paths and designated areas - do not wander onto the prairie or into brush
  • Be alert for snakes, thorny plants, stinging insects, and other plants and animal threats
  • Do not touch plants and animals found along the edge of the trails and parking areas
  • Check your clothing and body for ticks upon leaving
  • Be aware of the dangers of heat and sun exposure
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Undergrowth can be highly flammable - do not use open flames and refrain from smoking
  • Visit park only during designated hours
  • Report any dangers to a park ranger as soon as possible
Help us protect the park

Although many of the plants and animals found at Palo Alto can be dangerous, the field is their home. Please recognize that you are the outsider and respect the inhabitants of the park. Do not remove any plants, animals or historical objects from the field. Avoid dangerous species, but do not kill or injure them. Hunting is NOT allowed. Carrying a weapon into a federal building is a federal crime. Metal detectors and digging are prohibited. Place litter in trash cans and recyclable materials in appropriate bins. Please report any violations to a park ranger.

Final note
Palo Alto Battlefield is a small park and staff may be limited at times. A park ranger may not be available to provide immediate assistance. We recommend that you always plan your visit as part of a group or with a companion and have a cell phone with you at all times.

Did You Know?

Battle of Palo Alto

No official U.S. battle map exists for Palo Alto. Lieutenant J. Edmund Blake, who was charged with drawing the map, accidentally shot himself and died just hours after the clash.