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. Read More

View from battlefield overlook onto the battlefield.

Things to Do

Whether you've got one hour or a full day to spend at the park, Palo Alto Battlefield has something for everyone.

Battlefield overlook shelter

Basic Information

A little planning goes a long way. Make the most of your visit and use this page to help you plan ahead.

Living historians dressed in Mexican War era military uniforms

History & Culture

Discover the people, places, and stories that make Palo Alto Battlefield a special place.

Color painting of U.S. dragoons cutting through Mexican artillery placements at Resaca de la Palma.


The annexation of Texas opened the door to war with Mexico and would test the resolve of the first "dark horse" President of the U.S.

Last updated: March 17, 2023

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600 E. Harrison Street
Room 1006

Brownsville, TX 78520


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