Current Conditions

Concrete and deck trail cutting through Gulf Cordgrass
Trails are open for self-guided tours at the Palo Alto Battlefield and Resaca de la Palma Battlefield units.

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Increased Recreational Access

The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the Palo Alto Battlefield is as follows:


  • Park Roads & Parking Lots
  • Trails & Picnic Areas
  • Visitor Center Contact Station - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Family Restroom


  • Visitor Center
  • Men's & Women's Restrooms
  • Water Fountains

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders and recreate responsibly by keeping social distance, wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Resaca de la Palma Battlefield Unit

Beginning August 20, 2020, Resaca de la Palma Battlefield will reopen access, Tue. through Sat., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to the following areas:

  • Park roads
  • Parking areas
  • Trails
  • Picnic areas

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed:

  • Restroom facilities

Last updated: December 29, 2020

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Mailing Address:

600 E. Harrison Street
Room 1006

Brownsville, TX 78520


(956) 541-2785 x333

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