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Cholla Cactus Garden

Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
+1 760-367-5500
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Best to stick to the trail path

Given the dire warnings about the effects of the sharp cholla needles it was odd to see several... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
David G
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Boca Raton, Florida
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A must see in Joshua Tree

This is right off the road in the middle of the park. You will see Cholla Cactus throughout the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SunnysideDon
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Yakima, Washington
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Located inside Joshua Tree National Park, this small area contains awesome man-sized cacti that grow in profusion.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“teddy bear” (15 reviews)
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Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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+1 760-367-5500

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Given the dire warnings about the effects of the sharp cholla needles it was odd to see several people going off the path, including one parent of a small child who was really asking for trouble.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is right off the road in the middle of the park. You will see Cholla Cactus throughout the park but not as concentrated as they are here. Also there are some very large examples here. It is a short trail through the "garden" but...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the only stops in Joshua Tree National Park along Pinto Basin Road. It’s an easy, flat, quarter mile walk surrounded by these colorful cactus plants; great for picture taking. What’s odd is that you only see these dense patches of this...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This flat short trail through the cholla cactus is great for all ages and abilities, as long as people can stay on the trail and avoid the sharp cactus spines. It is an amazing dense concentration of these cacti in one spot. Interesting photos of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cactus garden was a fun loop to walk in a part of the park that is less developed. I wish we had printed the interpretive brochure since none were available. Great experience of an unique area of the park.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful garden with great trails that are marked clearly. Parking is ample. There is a first aid kit should one of the cactus burrs attach itself to you

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice short hike will take you by thousands of the beautiful Cholla cactuses (cacti?) Especially in the early morning, the light coming off of these is quite nice.

Thank Craig T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was able to fairly easily navigate my wheelchair on the trail through the Cholla Cactus garden with my FreeWheel. We went in the late afternoon, and the low sun made the colors amazing. There was only one small piece of cactus on the trail...More

Thank abh345678
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love cactus, go in the springtime and get the full experience. There is a parking lot, and the trail is very easy to walk. Lots of tourists stop at this spot on the eastside of the park, so plan accordingly. Early morning or...More

Thank noworries2000
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you don't mind the drive, then it's a good visit. It is a very short loop around. My senior parents enjoyed it. It is a bit fun to be surrounded by odd looking cacti and a good change from seeing just boulders or Joshua...More

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