Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Learn About the Park
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.
War on the Horizon
In the spring of 1846, all eyes turned toward events on the Rio Grande.
When a long-brewing territorial dispute between the U.S. and Mexico led to war, residents of both nations clamored for details. Battle accounts filled the columns of the daily papers.
Places like Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma became household names. So did the names of dozens of soldiers who served in these battles. Many emerged as heroes or celebrities. Politicians and citizens got caught in the excitement of the moment and engaged in fierce debates about the causes, justice, and meaning of the conflict.
Today, the Battle of Palo Alto and the U.S.-Mexican War have faded from public attention. They remain an important part of the history of both nations though. We encourage you to learn more about this conflict and rediscover some of the places and stories that so captured public attention so long ago.