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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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These Plants Are Interesting

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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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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25 attraction reviews
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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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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Pleasant last stop if you're leaving via the south gate. Generally though I found this part of the park (without the Joshua trees) less interesting and in fact liked the bright red Ocotillo in bright red spring bloom much more than the rather samey Chollas. The Ocotillos grow around this zone and are more interesting both for photos and to... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Wow, I wonder how many chollas are in this garden?!?! So beautiful and so cool to be able to walk through the garden. Cholla are beautiful plants, but do not touch!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

If you've ever seen a cholla cactus, you know what they look like. So, when you go to the cholla garden, you can see a lot of them all together. It's cool, but it's not exactly mind-blowing. Don't go out of your way to stop and see this place. We came in to the park from the south entrance, which... More 

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Palmetto, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This was a pretty and quick walk. There are many intersting stops in the park so do not miss this one

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Mission, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We enjoyed this easy, leisurely walk among these interesting plants. There are paper guides available at the entrance to this pleasant trail which are informative. Be careful, as warned, to avoid any contact with these plants. My husband kicked some broken bits with his hiking boots and was amazed at how they cling. This garden is a neat photo stop.

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