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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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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Sunset photo opportunity

Make sure you stop by here for your evening photos. The cacti spines come alive with the setting suns light. Just be careful the spines are very sharp one embedded its self into... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
JoeCosentino
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Whitesboro, New York

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Whitesboro, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Make sure you stop by here for your evening photos. The cacti spines come alive with the setting suns light. Just be careful the spines are very sharp one embedded its self into the hard rubber on my tripod.

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Well, it's a bit funny how such a tiny spot in a huge park attracts so much attention and how high it climbed on the top places to see in the park list. The park is named after Joshua Tree, but cholla cactus is abundant in the area, so this is not going to be your first or last chance... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We were wondering if it was worth the drive and the time to go and have a look at the Cholla Cactus Garden since we had to backtrack to go back to the North entrance but we were glad we did it . This area is totally different : it is much lower , there are no more Joshua trees... More 

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upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

What a novel and fun site! I really enjoyed seeing so many cactus all together. They were blooming with flowers. Like any flower garden each one was unique. It was fun to walk the trail and admire the fuzzy designs.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This cholla cactus garden is conveniently located as a pull-off of one of the main roads thru Joshua Tree. This particular type of cactus is scattered throughout Joshua Tree, but they are concentrated in this little area. About 5 minutes is long enough of a stop at this spot.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Really enjoyed how much the desert changed on this short drive as we were heading out of Joshua Tree toward the Cottonwood Visitor Center. The Joshua trees disappear almost immediately and you start descending to a lower elevation. All of a sudden you come up on a huge cluster of these Chollas that only seem to last for about a... More 

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Ocoee, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Great showing of cactus, wish we had seem them in bloom. Heed the warnings and don't even touch the cactus with your shoe, they will stick and leave spines you can't get out.

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Winnipeg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

A beautiful stand of concentrated Cholla cacti. Be careful not to get struck by jumping cacti. Go early or late to avoid the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I walked the whole path and it was worth the short walk. The chollas change as you walk. The farther you go, the thicker the 'forest' of chollas. It is worth the drive into Joshua Tree.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Our nine year old had fun using a hankie to make a couple chollas jump. Be careful when walking because they attach to your shoes. You can take them off with a rock if you don't want pinpricks.

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Address: Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Joshua Tree National Park

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