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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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The garden is beautiful near sunset. But there were little thorny cactus balls on the ground. I accidentally stepped on one and it impaled my foot with at least 5 really thick... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
siouxsy
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The garden is beautiful near sunset. But there were little thorny cactus balls on the ground. I accidentally stepped on one and it impaled my foot with at least 5 really thick thorns..was very painful to pull out. Would wonder with caution

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Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a nice, gentle walk through a ton of cholla cacti. They don't fence off the cacti, which is great for pictures. However, the guide to the garden clearly says to not pick up cholla cactus bits or brush against them, which I saw many children do. So watch your children closely.

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Thank GreyPod
San Jose, California
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The garden is really good, I am not sure if the garden was made by the park rangers or naturally created that way. If natural, I should make this five stars.

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Thank Sapan S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's more like a cactus field than a cactus garden because it's so big. I had a great time walking around to photograph the garden during sunset. Be careful not to step on the cactus "balls" or let it stick to you, their spines are strong and could hurt you. I stepped on one by accident as I was walking... More 

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty place, interesting to see. The thorns stick - big time. Even stuck in the rubber on my sneakers and had a very hard time getting them out - very strong spikes that hurt. Stay behind the fences and don't touch! They are very pretty though, especially at sunrise/sunset when the sun hits them from the angle.

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Springfield, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are warning signs but many people seemed to get stuck while we visited. Little puff balls that get dropped by the cacti seem inviting but resist any urge to pick them up and beware where you step because they stick to shoes! We had to use pliers to get some thorns out. With all these warnings you may be... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove the park from North to South (what I would recommend) and the Chollas Cactus was one of our last stops in the park before leaving. The cacti are very unique and a nice path winds through a field of them. There are a few informative signs and I saw some people with an information pamphlet, but mostly, they're... More 

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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're driving through the park, there's certainly no reason not to stop for a quick and easy walk through this natural cactus garden dominated by jumping cholla cacti. In fact, these cacti are so numerous that you'll hardly see anything else, making the garden feel like some sort of alien planet. Keep to the path to avoid their sharp... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Cholla Cactus garden is a very short walk but the garden itself is really unique and cool to walk around. If you have the time definitely stop to have a look.

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This is a great stop in Joshua Tree National Park, with a heap of Cholla cactus. There is a short circular walk with numbered attractions pointing out the different elements in the desert and amongst the Chollas. Pick up a map in the box at the start and travel counter-clockwise. Beware, these cactus are not cuddly, and pay attention when... More 

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