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Cholla Cactus Garden

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Address: Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Phone Number: 7603675500
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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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Nice for a short stop

This had a very short walk through the range of cacti, which were very interesting, but with the crowds we were battling there on Black Friday, we were always running into more... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Saint Louis, Missouri

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This had a very short walk through the range of cacti, which were very interesting, but with the crowds we were battling there on Black Friday, we were always running into more people. We like to visit parks and hike to get away from people, and while this would probably be great at sunset or with fewer crowds, we got... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Cholla Cactus Garden was so unique to look at and walk around. It was my favorite part of the park. My friend and I got a lot of great photos. The mountains in the background almost fake because they're so beautiful. This is a beautiful and peaceful place to spend some time.

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently visited the Cholla Cactus Garden earlier this month with a friend. It's a quarter-mile loop that has thousands of cholla cactus everywhere. This was our last stop before leaving Joshua Tree National Park and we were able to stay past sunset. The sky had hues of orange, red, pink and purple and it was a breathtaking backdrop to... More 

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This little garden, located halfway between the Oasis and Cottonwood Visitors Centers, is quite the site to behold! A quarter-mile trail winds through the cacti, which exist in abundance here. This site also seems to be less crowded than most, making the experience a bit more tranquil. The cacti look fuzzy and soft, even though they definitely are not. They... More 

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Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must stop when visiting Joshua Tree National Park. The cactus garden is amazing wonder of mother nature. Short and comfortable trail guiding from the parking lot is easy to walk. Just walk and admire.

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New Haven, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not exactly what I was thinking when I heard "cactus garden" but its still a unique place to stop. I've never seen so many cactus plants in one spot.

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Thank Traci H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you drive South East on Pinto Basin Road you come across a patch of land full of Cholla Cactus on the right side of the road. You have a chance to walk through the garden and take photos of these interesting looking cactus plants.

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Thank ben s
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Well marked place to park & get out to see cholla cactus up close & personal. There is a designated path through a field of cholla cactus.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The Cholla Cactus Garden is multi-acre group of these nasty cactus, but beautiful to view. There's a walking trail adjacent to the parking lot that's about 1/4 mile in total. Please stay on the trail! The cactus here will bite you and the thorns are painful and not easy to remove.

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Byhalia, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The garden is truly amazing. The short sandy loop meanders among these very unusual and lovely cacti. Brochures are available at the start of the loop and the garden is located right next to the road.

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