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Cholla Cactus Garden

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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Phone Number: 7603675500
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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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Natural Garden

This is a nice short trail (see photo) that is walkable - even at Midday in early August. A Natural Garden it is well set out and signposted. A must-do in JTNP.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Albywon
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice short trail (see photo) that is walkable - even at Midday in early August. A Natural Garden it is well set out and signposted. A must-do in JTNP.

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Henley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

The Cholla Cactus are in abundance everywhere you look. Just drive down the Pinto Basin a Road and you will come to the area that they obviously thrive.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

For us this was a detour as we were more exploring the north-west part of the park. It was worth it though and driving in JT is fun anyway. Impressive to see all these chollas. There are chollas everywhere in JT but in this place there are very concentrated. Beware the bees though. Our car was swarmed with hundreds of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I decided to drive through the park at sunset, and stopped here on the way as we hadn't yet been. We are so glad we did as it was definitely a highlight of the magnificent park. Cholla cactus paints the desert in uncommon beautiful colors and it's surprisingly breathtaking. Definitely stop if you can!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

We planned on taking the short loop within the National Park but decided to see what this offered. We are glad we stopped. Here you get to walk amongst a sea of Cholla Cactus for 1/4 mile loop. Only downside are the bees. For some reason they congregate here and love to find a way in to your car.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Trail begins at the parking lot and winds through a dense concentration of cactus. The drive over from the north is a bit boring though as you leave the Joshua Tree's habitat and enter a barren area until you arrive at the cactus garden. If you have never been up close with so many cactus, then worth the drive over... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

A good place to see the cacti en mass and learn a little about them as not too many road-accessible places have such concentration. It's a short walk so worth the stop.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

A very short walk through sand and boardwalks through a vast field containing thousands and thousands of prickly cacti. The area must provide perfect conditions for this relatively small cactus to grow in, as they stretch as far as you can see in all directions.

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

The Oasis Visitor Center called this site out as unique, and maybe it is within Joshua Tree NP, but we saw several others large clusters of cholla cactus in the southwest. The nearby ocotillos are notable. Still, the access here is great, which is itself very helpful and worth a 30 minute stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

This is a cool area of the park, packed with the cholla cactus. You can talk a short walk on the boardwalk and soak in the scenery. You can't miss the garden as it's right off of the main road.

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