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The Pinto Basin

Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
+1 760-367-5500
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Amazing panorama

Going from north to south, you may stop to admire the vista that you see at this juncture in the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
brifd1
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Everett, Washington
Expansive View

As you drive Pinto Basin Road, look to the east. An expansive view of the low desert extends before... read more

Reviewed May 30, 2018
Kenneth L
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Los Angeles, California
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The Mojave and Sonora deserts come together in this basin, with characteristics of both deserts represented.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
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“cholla garden” (2 reviews)
“joshua trees” (3 reviews)
“ocotillo” (3 reviews)
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Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Going from north to south, you may stop to admire the vista that you see at this juncture in the road.

Thank brifd1
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Reviewed May 30, 2018

As you drive Pinto Basin Road, look to the east. An expansive view of the low desert extends before you. The low desert is hotter than the high desert that occupies the northern part of the park and there are no (or very few) Joshua...More

Thank Kenneth L
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Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

When in Joshua tree, this valley lies on the downswing of the road through the park. When you are in the park, it's easy to just drive in from the north gate and turn around after you have seen the neat rock formations. However if...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2017

We drove though Pinto Basin in Joshua Tree National Park. We liked seeing the various viewpoints such as: 1) South Entrance 2) Smoke Tree Wash 3) Fried Liver Wash 4) Cholla Garden Nature Trail 5) White Tank Campground and so forth.

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Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

This is the other desert in Joshua Tree National Park. The Park spans the Mohave to the north and the Sonoran here in the south, or the Pinto Basin. Each landscape is different. There are very few Joshua Trees here, but lots of Cholla cactus...More

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Reviewed September 29, 2016

We enjoyed the vista views of The Pinto Basin. There is hikes one can take in this area. There is also an information sign about the Pinto people. They were early inhabitants 4000 or more years ago. They were large game hunters and seasonal plant...More

Thank mini
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Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

This was the last leg of our National Parks tour and was a whistle stop tour of the national park. We entered through Twenty Nine palms and drove down Park Bvld to see Keys View (but it was closed) and then turned around as planned...More

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Reviewed February 17, 2016

We stop because there were no other human around and we wanted to walk. We stayed, at least one hour. We learned about the people that lived over there and why they left the place. Perfect place to see animals or, at least footprints and...More

Thank Diego R
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Reviewed April 24, 2015

Good paved road, the Cholla Gardens and Ocotillo patch are on this route.There are small Chollas in bloom.

Thank Barb C
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Reviewed February 10, 2015

What a view on the road to Cottonwood descending through Wilson Canyon! The expanse of desert between mountain ranges is a wonderful sight. Leaving Joshua Tree through Cottonwood Visitors' Centre is only 27 miles from Indio.

Thank Rascaloidus
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