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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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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
38 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Be sure to walk the short trail. There were many people here during our visit but most were very quiet, and respectful....except for one lady who couldn't resist touching one of the cactus. The cholla have a crazy way of appearing "soft". The plants were back-lit by the late afternoon sun. We were captivated. Not to be missed.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I loved Joshua Tree National Park- but this Cactus Garden isnt a big deal. Just a quick detour through a cactus patch - IMHO. Its right alongside the road and thats why we stopped - probably wont stop again.

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Brigham City, Utah
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We stopped by the Cholla Cactus Garden during our afternoon visit to Joshua Tree NP. It was one of the highlights of the park, although there were plenty of neat things to see in the park. This is a must do.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This was well worth the drive to the inner part of the park. Beautiful Cactus I've ever seen. This is a great place to take children just remember to keep a close eye on them. The trail is open and it could be easy for a small child to fall onto the cactuses.

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Calgary, Canada
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Even though I had looked at photos of this location, I was still surprised at the size of the cholla garden. Amazing and beautiful. The walk through the garden is short but not to be missed. Be sure to stay on the trail. The cacti are hazardous. I saw a few people wandering off the path and I wondered if... More

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Prague
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Awesome place, really nice to see. We were there just after some rain, waiting for sun and this waiting has been rewarded. Have to see and walk through.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Not to be missed, fantastic natural clumping of Cholla at this location in the middle of the park. Be prepared for an hour's drive (at least) to reach this location. You must get our of your car and walk along the path - about a 20 min loop depending on photo stops. Be careful and do not touch the cacti!... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

At the end if our visit to JT national park we did the cactus garden. It's fun and beautiful. An amazing sight to see all this cactusses together. Impressive. There is a nice walking path through the garden. Be careful though. I didn't read the warnings and had to find out the agressiveness of the plants the hard way. I... More

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LA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This was a really fun place to visit. Takes a while to get out there, but definitely worth the drive! Really a cool sight. We went at sunset, and the pictures are just gorgeous.

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Cupertino, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

A surprisingly large "garden" with a trail that runs through it. It is beautiful and unique, at the southern end of the park and highly recommended. With the sun behind the plants, the dense spines take on a translucent glow that contrasts with the dark trunks of the plant to create a lovely effect. Very photogenic. The flip side however,... More

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