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Cholla Cactus Garden

Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Watching sunrise/sunset
Owner description: Located inside Joshua Tree National Park, this small area contains awesome man-sized cacti that...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Watching sunrise/sunset
Owner description: Located inside Joshua Tree National Park, this small area contains awesome man-sized cacti that grow in profusion.
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I noticed when exploring Joshua Tree that many of the attractions are not easy to find, even after parking in the designated areas. The trails are not clear, or you may have to scale very large rocks to see the amazing thing on the other side. If you are not equipped with climbing gear or really powerful shoes you will... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We really liked the Cholla Cactus Garden!! It is an amazing spot where the environment supports the growth of thousands of plants. It must be just awesome when they all bloom. You can see a Cholla Cactus here and there throughout the park, but to see thousands in one place is very special.

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San Diego
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Every time we visit this area and even with proper signage, some one always gets too close to these chollas! This time a guy had a whole cholla ball hanging off his finger! Worth the walk, greatest garden of cholla anywhere! But stay on the trail and keep your children close to enjoy these beautiful plants! Take the time to... More 

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Admittedly, it's a nice grouping of cacti but given all the other splendors in the park, I'm surprised it's ranked #3. Perhaps it's the easy accessibility (directly on the road)? A curiosity, yes, but it shouldn't be a prime destination.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Worth the stop - nice chance to get out of the car and stroll among these fuzzy-looking cacti on a dirt path. When the sun shines through the yellow spines they appear to almost glow, like a halo. Be careful not to get too close or step on fallen pieces. Wouldn't recommend for wheelchairs, because of all the thorns, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

... then in their photographs. The color transitions from the chocolate brown ("toasted" I heard one fellow traveler say) bottoms to their shiny bright tops is fantastic. Taking the short walk thru the cactus patch affords a fine up-close experience with these (don't touch) "teddy bears".

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Captivating walk around the Cholla Garden. They look like they breed like Gremlins with little balls of Cholla at the base of the Cactus that get up to 10 feet tall. If you thought Joshua Tree NP was only about the Joshua Trees, then this garden will show you otherwise.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We got some (outdated) information from the local AAA office about this section of Joshua Tree Nat'l Park. We were warned that the road was not in good shape. Don't know what year that AAA person travelled through this section of road ---- but it was in perfect shape / and it was a really pleasant way to leave Joshua... More 

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Ringgold, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This is a fascinating stop in the Joshua Tree National Park. There is a loop that can be walked to get better views of the vegetation. Be careful to stay on the path as needles can penetrate light footwear. Lots of close up photo opportunities.

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

too bad the cholla weren't blooming on march.. but still, I felt like I've gotten inside one of Karl May's books...

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