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Park Significance

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park is the site of the first major battle of the U.S.-Mexican War. Visitors can experience a landscape almost as it existed on the day of the battle. The park enjoys the unique distinction of being the only National Park Service unit to interpret the U.S.-Mexican War.

Together with the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield unit, Palo Alto Battlefield provides an opportunity to learn about the war, its causes and consequences, and its impact on the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

Looking to learn more about this important site? This page is a great place to start.

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.

Queen butterfly on a Texas thistle flower
Nature at Palo Alto

Palo Alto is more than a battlefield. The park also protects a variety of plant and animal life.

A Park Stewards Summer Intern and children standing at a cannon.
Education at Palo Alto

Make Palo Alto your classroom where human and natural history come alive for your students.

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Palo Alto Has Something for the Kids Too

Palo Alto Battlefield is not just for history buffs. The park is constantly adding programming geared for kids.

Closeup view of flowering yucca.

Please read the guidance on our Safety page to help you to have a safe, enjoyable visit.

Last updated: June 23, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

600 E. Harrison Street
Room 1006

Brownsville, TX 78520


956 541-2785 x333

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