More than 1,200 years ago, a group of ancestral Caddo built a village and ceremonial center here. Today, three earthen mounds, still considered sacred to Caddo people, rise from the lush Piney Woods landscape. Learn how the Caddo lived on the land through exhibits and programs.

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Location

1649 State Hwy. 21 West
Alto, TX 75925
936-858-3218
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Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m 

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Tickets

Adult $5
Senior/Veteran/Teacher/First Responder $3
Child (6-17) $2
Child (5 and under) Free
Family (2 adults & 1 child) $8, each additional child $1

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Plan Your Visit

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is a prehistoric village and ceremonial center located on the original El Camino Real de los Tejas.

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Plan a Field Trip

Guided field trips are scheduled for groups of 15 or more; not counting underaged siblings or chaperones.

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Caddo Mounds History

The Caddo selected this site for a permanent settlement about A.D. 800.

Events at Caddo Mounds

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Weaving in Nature Family Camp

Please join us for this fun two-day family camp on Friday, July 19 at 2 pm exploring the various ecological systems at Caddo Mounds and a cookout dinner. Then on Saturday, July 20, at 10 am, families experiment with various weaving practices resulting in a completed weaving project to take home. Register by calling Caddo Mounds at 936-858-3218
Friday, July 19, 2 pm until 7 pm
Saturday, July 20, 10 am until 3 pm

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Adventures in Nature: A Caddo Mounds Creative STEM Camp

Join us for six days of nature adventures and family fun. Adventures in Nature is a STEM camp designed for families to learn and explore together. Learn about five different ecological systems and Caddo culture while being creative.

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Adventures in Nature: A Caddo Mounds Creative STEM Camp

Join us for six days of nature adventures and family fun. Adventures in Nature is a STEM camp designed for families to learn and explore together. Learn about five different ecological systems and Caddo culture while being creative.

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A Trail Through Texas History: El Camino Real de los Tejas

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail was designated as part of the National Trails System by the U.S. Congress in 2004, but its story started far earlier, as a series of routes laid by Indigenous Texans and later followed by Spanish colonists, French explorers, Anglo-American settlers, and enslaved people seeking freedom.

Historic Road Trip: Nacogdoches and San Augustine

Known as the “Oldest Town in Texas,” Nacogdoches takes immense pride in its history. In fact, the entire downtown is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Nacogdoches honors its heritage through a statue of the city’s founder, Gil Y’Barbo, and numerous historical museums, each conserving a different part of the town’s 241-year legacy. In reality, its settlement is much older—Caddo Indians arrived in this area 10,000 years prior to the city’s establishment.

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Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Pays Tribute to the First Farmers of the Area

At Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in Alto, we are exploring and teaching about the land management, farming, and foraging practices of the early Caddo people through the knowledge of scientists (archeologists and botanists), historians, anthropologists, and the Caddo people.