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Cholla Cactus Garden

Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Type: Gardens
Activities: Hiking, Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Located inside Joshua Tree National Park, this small area contains awesome man-sized cacti that grow in profusion.
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Definitely worth a visit, especially if the light is coming in at an angle (i.e. early or late in the day). Watch your feet though, for fallen chollas. I stepped on one and it went right through my flip flop - ouch! Be sure to also bring water if visiting in the summer months.

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Westfield, Indiana
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48 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I thought this was beautiful! One drawback in summer (late July for us) was that lots of plants other than the Cholla were dormant which made them hard to identify. Pick up the guide at the trailhead to find out more about the different plants! Our scientifically inclined kids enjoyed the walk as well, but were a bit bored by... More

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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308 reviews 308 reviews
102 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Best exhibit in Joshua Tree National Park. The short 400 meter walk is totally worth it! Its really cool to see the beauty of the desert flowers!

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is one of our favorite places in Joshua Tree. It is not as stupendous as when we first started visiting, but don't miss it. Nothing looks like a Cholla.

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Pinto Basin is located in the Colorado Desert portion of Joshua Tree which is much lower, hotter and drier than the Mojave Desert portion and therefore lacks Joshua Trees and its vegetation is much sparser in general. However, driving south on Pinto Basin Road from Park Blvd, the road will take a bend and flatten out at the bottom... More

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Western Colorado
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104 reviews 104 reviews
52 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Nice tour through a unique forest in the middle of the park with a trail with marked number poles of special information which many people didn't realize they could take walking map out of a box at the entrance to the trail. We handed them out to folks when we were done so they were happy. Some funny growths that... More

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Indianapolis, IN
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Again, one more variation in vegetation that makes this park so interesting. It's much faster than Hidden Valley or Skull Rock but worth seeing.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

LOTS of cacti here. They are all the same type, so don't expect a lot of variety but it is really unique and nice to see so many cacti altogether. There is a path within the "garden" so it is a super easy walk. 20 mins is good enough.

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Briarcliff Manor, NY
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119 reviews 119 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This was one of our favorite stops in the park. The cholla cactus were truly beautiful, some still in flower. An enchanting place to take a short nature walk.

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Naples, Italy
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I agree that low angle light is excellent here. Late afternoon for most travelers is recommended, as most will not be entering the park early enough to get morning light. Be careful of these sticky buggers. I had no issues, but many are not paying attention. They will grab shoelaces and get whipped up to your leg pretty easily. Just... More

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