Things to know before you come
Palo Alto Battlefield NHP (public domain)
Have a fun & safe visit
To make your visit to Palo Alto more enjoyable, please follow these precautions:
Plan aheadVisit the park only during designated hours. Palo Alto is a small park and staff my be limited at times. A park ranger may not be available to provide immediate assistance. Try to plan your visit as part of a group or with a companion and have a cell phone with you at all time.
Watch your step!
Stay on marked paths and designated areas. Do not wander onto the prairie or into the brush. Although the beauty of the park's natural resources abound, there are definitely some things you don't want to step on.
Animal and plant hazards
Be alert for snakes, thorny plants, biting and stinging insects, and other plant 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.
Hot, hot, hot
Be aware of the dangers of heat and sun exposure. Drink plenty of water. The fall and winter months are generally mild but daytime highs during the late spring and summer can reach the upper 90s. Undergrowth can be highly flammable. Do not use open flames and only smoke in designated areas.
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.