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Address: , Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Activities: Hiking, Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: 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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Visited with my wife during a visit to LA. Certainly worth the drive from the city (2.5 hours). We drove the entire length of the park (took about 2 hours) and it was well worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Visited with my wife during a visit to LA. Certainly worth the drive from the city (2.5 hours). We drove the entire length of the park (took about 2 hours) and it was well worth it. It is hard to believe how the park changes as you go through. Two completely different types of desert. Beautiful!!!

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The drive to the cactus garden is interesting as you move from one desert to another. The vegetation changes noticably. The Cholla Cactus Garden is a short, fun walk. We were there maybe 30 minutes, reading about this cactus and heeding warnings to not get too close to it and find yourself with a cactus attached to your clothing. We... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is a nice area of this park which comprises two kinds of deserts. As you ascend several thousand feet, the vegetation continuously changes with the altitude and about half a way there is the ideal place from the Cholla. This is a nice walk of 20 min around some of the plants, with beautiful view of the wash and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Super hot...the waves of heat coming at us + bees in the parking lot surrounding the car...well, I just couldn't get the rest of the family out of the car, but I enjoyed this kind of surreal cactus grove. Stepping away from the lot, the bees were no longer a concern. The cactus and environment are picturesque.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We were in the Josua tree NP in June 2014 taking a trip through california in a convertable. Temperature was great for a convertable :). The Cohlla Cacti are a bit peculiar with their shrub like build. But be careful as they are thorny and have hooks which can be a bit painful to remove when you touch them (by... More 

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Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This attraction is located in the Joshua Tree N.P. and is well worth a visit. While the Cholla appear quite placid, looks can be deceiving and they have a well deserved reputation for being extremely painful and difficult to remove when attached to your skin. My advice would be to get close with a telephoto lens on your camera; look... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We got here really late. I'd recommend arriving before the sunset. The chollas are really photogenic. There is a short walk you can take through the garden which is worth doing.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We visited Joshua Tree National Park JUST to see these cacti (nerd alert, right!?) and we were not disappointed. (JTNP has so much to offer - we didn't realize it before we went and ended up absolutely loving this park!) Anyway, these catci! VERY very cool. Depending on where you enter the park, the garden will either be the first... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This was my first visit to Joshua Tree, I didn't do any research so I had no idea what to expect. We did some off roading in a couple Jeeps and on the way back to our rental house we saw the Cholla Cactus Garden and had to stop. It was such an amazing sight after seeing Joshua Trees and... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Fun place to go! When we went we did a driving tour while going to the worksite, and it was really cool to see the changes in the different deserts within Joshua Tree.

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