Still a Battlefield
When Mexican and United States troops confronted each other on the battlefield of Palo Alto cannon blasts and musket fire were not their only concerns. They also faced a number of hazards from the venomous animals, prickly plants, and the harsh environment of the field.
Think Safety First
Stick to marked trails, roads, and designated areas. We ask that you admire the park's natural resources from a distance and do not wander onto the prairie or into the brush. There are definitely some things at the park you don't want to step on.
Animal & Plant Hazards
Be alert for snakes, thorny plants, 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-related illnesses. Make sure to stay hydrated while visiting the park. 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 smoke only in designated areas.
Protect Your Park
Although some of the plants and animals found at Palo Alto can be dangerous, the park is their home. Please recognize you are the outsider and respect the inhabitants of the park.
Last updated: May 15, 2023