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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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Be sure to stop!

We went to a class on JTNP and the guide said to be sure to stop here, but we almost didn't take his word for it... Please don't be so silly! We would have regretted not going... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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San Diego, California

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to a class on JTNP and the guide said to be sure to stop here, but we almost didn't take his word for it... Please don't be so silly! We would have regretted not going. After Hidden Valley, this was my #2 favorite attraction. It was neat to see how the scenery transitioned on the drive there from... More 

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Maryland Hts
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago 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.

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Burlington, Canada
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Barcelona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
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...

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Richmond, Virginia
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177 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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 

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Tulare, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

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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 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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

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Pevensey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 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 

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San Francisco, California
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177 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
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.

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