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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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Well worth the trip

The garden is a short drive off the main road that goes from 29 Palms to Keys View and some of the other main attractions in the park, but certainly well worth the few extra... read more

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Maryland Hts
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7 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The garden is a short drive off the main road that goes from 29 Palms to Keys View and some of the other main attractions in the park, but certainly well worth the few extra minutes. The stark contrast of the cactus filed to the rest of the surrounding desert is profound. Make sure to take a camera here.

Thank danielcG2110YO
Burlington, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our family of 5 really loved the short walk through the cactus garden. The day we went was quite hot, however as the trail is short and flat you can still take your time and enjoy it in only 5-10 minutes or so. It was really interesting to see all of a sudden the concentration of Cholla Cactus appearing while... More 

Thank JohnnyLaRue72
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cholla Cacti are quite cool to see and to walk around in, but please stay on the track. We witnessed someone eager to go walking in-between them and her foot got punctured with needles...

Thank SIrLancelotBCN
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While this is indeed a beautiful cactus garden, I offer the following cautionary note. Watch out for these cacti as they spread by producing small globe shaped cacti that separate from the primary cactus and that readily attach to passersby. These cacti are very painful. I suggest wearing pants, socks, and sturdy shoes. I also suggest staying on the path.... More 

Thank VirginiaTraveler805
Tulare, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really found this pullover stop interesting. Kids enjoyed the short hike through the cactus garden--the cholla cacti were in bloom and it was picturesque to walk through them in such close range.

Thank aliciavt
Arvada, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These is an easy stop as it is right on the side of the road as you are heading to the South side of Joshua Tree. There is a walking path through the garden and is easily doable by anyone. It's really a beautiful site. If you can schedule your trip around sunset it will be even better. Definitely worth... More 

Thank jrog9832
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Oliver J
Pevensey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Travelbug1155
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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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