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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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A teddy bear garden!

Drop down from the rest of the park and find this little jewel,about ten acres of Cholla cactus. Beware it is hot 100+ degrees.and the bees are thirsty,Do not carry open drinks as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
ger w
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Welshpool, United Kingdom

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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Drop down from the rest of the park and find this little jewel,about ten acres of Cholla cactus. Beware it is hot 100+ degrees.and the bees are thirsty,Do not carry open drinks as the walk is only 300 yards long,The plants look like they have come from some different planet,they are densely packed and make a good photo stop.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To get to the area where the cholla cactus are, you have travel downhill to a lower elevation then the rest of Joshua Tree National Park. As you approach the area you see that the flora in the area is changing from the higher elevations, and then you come into this unique area, that is densely packed with thousands of... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They are so cute! And, they are everywhere within eyeshot. We were thankful that the hike was so short, since the temp was probably 105 degrees and the sun was beating down.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 680 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 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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