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Cholla Cactus Garden

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Address: Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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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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Desert nature

Cholla Cactus Garden offers really cool glimpse of desert nature. The cholla cacti look really cool at the sunrise or sunset. Definitely worth a stop.

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Tampere, Finland

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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cholla Cactus Garden offers really cool glimpse of desert nature. The cholla cacti look really cool at the sunrise or sunset. Definitely worth a stop.

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Goodyear, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to Joshua National Park at the end of December. There was a little snow on the ground but was wonderful seeing all the Cholla Castus. It wasn't very crowded so we were able to climb on the rocks and take some awesome pictures.

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We happened on this cactus garden near sunset and the cacti backlit were beautiful - great for photos. There are trails to walk around - be careful as the spines are dreadful and the cacti fragile. worth 30-60 minutes

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This nature walk is in an area where the cacti are uncharacteristically dense. Were were there in February 2017, and could see the effects of the recent years of drought. Most of these cacti have black or dark brown sections, especially at the base of the plant, where they have been stressed and damaged by lack of water. The good... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived here just prior to sunset and the colours of the cactus were amazing. The trail was good, and short especially as we had walked most of the day on other trails.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did a lot of researching on how to spend a day in Joshua Tree and everything I read said to check out the Cholla Cactus Garden. The ranger in the visitor's center also recommend it. I personally would not make the same recommendation. It's a bit out of the way and the drive takes you through a less pretty part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well marked area with ample parking and a nice dirt trail/path to stroll among the Cholla Cactus ... What makes it great is that you can get up close and personal with the Fuzzy Bears - BUT not close and personal or you will regret it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fun trip to Joshua tree. It was Great driving through the park and stopping at the major exhibits. January is a Beautiful time of year to travel to The desert.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park is a wonderland of cholla cactus. The garden is located on Pinto Basin Road, which runs through the heart of the park. A sea of green, silver and gold, the cactus garden provides a rare and beautiful experience. Walk from the parking area to the short nature trail, meander through the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The garden is beautiful near sunset. But there were little thorny cactus balls on the ground. I accidentally stepped on one and it impaled my foot with at least 5 really thick thorns..was very painful to pull out. Would wonder with caution

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