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Cholla Cactus Garden

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Address: Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Located inside Joshua Tree National Park, this small area contains awesome...

Located inside Joshua Tree National Park, this small area contains awesome man-sized cacti that grow in profusion.

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About a 15 min walk through 1,000 cacti

Bizarre-looking patch of cactus plants - a short, non-challenging 15-20min walk which explains these fascinating, self-regenerating plants. Good stop. The drive is also... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Oliver J
New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bizarre-looking patch of cactus plants - a short, non-challenging 15-20min walk which explains these fascinating, self-regenerating plants. Good stop. The drive is also interesting as the Mojave dessert meets the Colorado desert

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Pevensey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On our drive from La Quinta to Lake Havasu we stopped off at the Joshua Tree National Park Cottonwood Visitor Centre Entrance and drove about 40 mins to the Cholla Cactus Garden which was an amazing spectacle with some pretty strange looking and lethal cacti! There is a large parking area and you walk around the ¼ mile trail on... More 

Thank Allan S
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

These just pop up out of nowhere. There are really nasty plants to touch but to view are fascinating and beautiful. A nice 1/2 hour self guided walk and you are on your way.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here as we drove the road through Joshua Tree National Park. The cactus range from a few inches to over 6 ft tall, mostly the same variety with closely spaced fine needles, giving them a teddy bear fuzzy look; but don't touch them as they are very sharp. When we visited there were very few blooms and buds,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This would be a good place to see once. Some of the signs and interpretations were no longer accurate. It was very crowded but that did not bother us. There was an older gentleman walking his dog although dogs were not allowed on the interpretive trail.

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Thousand Palms, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we usually don't venture into the eastern part of Joshua Tree National Park due to time constraints, we were told that the spring rains made for a good display of desert wildflowers. So we decided on the Grand Tour. We entered via the Joshua Tree entrance, made our usual side trip to Keys View, and headed eastward past Skull... More 

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While you see cactus throughout Joshua Tree National Park, you don't see them in mass the way you see them at the Cholla Cactus Garden. Really unique landscape and fun to walk amongst the "jumping" cactus!

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Placentia, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the stop to this out of the way location. Nice path and bridges allow a wheelchair through the garden to view this cactus garden. Stay on the path and watch your step. The Cholla is unforgiving and will find their way through your shoes! Really..you may want to have tweezers on hand. BE CAREFUL :)

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Minneapolis, MN
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cactus garden is best photographed when the light is low so you can get the light through the needles. Luckily, in March the light is not quite overhead even in mid day. There is a path to follow and wander around, lots of people, do not take the dog. And by the way......the cactus needles do not jump out... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cholla Garden simply refers to a dense population of cholla cactus (Opuntia sp.). There are chollas throughout the region, but this is the best I've seen. Just a short walk that offers an opportunity to walk amongst these plants. Cholla garden is a popular stopping point on the main north-south road and not too far from popular campgrounds such as... More 

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