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

A replica 6-pounder field gun on the battlefield.

History & Culture

Explore the stories behind the causes and consequences of the U.S.-Mexican War.

A black butterfly rests on an ebony tree branch.

Nature & Science

The park not only protects the site of an important historical event, but also many natural resources.

Picnic table underneath the shade of a shelter

Plan Your Visit

Make the most of your trip and do a little planning before heading out to the park.

Last updated: September 11, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Harrison Street
Room 1006

Brownsville, TX 78520


(956) 541-2785 x333

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