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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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Better looking in person ...

... 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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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We got some (outdated) information from the local AAA office about this section of Joshua Tree Nat'l Park.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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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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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

A complete surprise as to how vast and beautiful it really is! Well worth the 20 miles out of the loop I was taking from Joshua Tree entrance to 29 Palms exit. It has a very small walking trail. I would have liked to have had a longer hiking one as well but the walking trail gives you the sense... More 

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Foothill Ranch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

As exit out of Wilson Canyon (from the West end towards the Cottonwood entrance), you suddenly find a huge patch of Cholla cactus. Their yellow and browns capture the setting sun and appear to glow . As fast as they appear, they disappear again. The cactus are short, compared to the traditional dessert cacti, and have lots of fine needles.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We have Cholla cactus around us in Phoenix... but nothing like this. Very impressive view in all directions. Short hike available but you can see the general view from the pull off/parking area

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Hebron, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Amazing spectacle. Visited at sunset and the entire area had a golden tint to it. A nice boardwalk lets visitors enjoy the place without the hazards of the cactus needles! Definitely go there if you visit JTNP.

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Agoura Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I've never seen this many nor more beautiful collection of cholla cactus than here. We got here at 4pm on 11-Nov and they were all lit up by the sun setting on the mountains. There are 1000's of cactus all in this small area. You don't even need to leave the parking lot to be amazed by this place.

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