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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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Enormous cactus garden

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
pasqe
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upstate NY
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upstate NY
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A beautiful stand of concentrated Cholla cactus with a quarter mile loop foot path that takes you into the heart of the garden. With the back drop of the mountain and distance valley and the evening sun making the needles glow, it's a beautiful and out-of-worldly place. Go early or late to avoid the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I have seen cactus in many places around Arizona, and still this Cactus Garden is pretty spectacular. I've also been stuck by cholla needles. If you get stuck and then try and pull on the needle with just your fingers, it's possible that it will grip tighter. Ideally, don't get too close and keep away from getting stuck. This garden... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This garden is close to the southern exit/entrance. I've never seen so many cactus in one place! There are walkways so you can walk through the garden without getting too close to the cactus. Definitely worth a stop.

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