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Cholla Cactus Garden

Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
+1 760-367-5500
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Go An Hour Before Sunset!

Catch the light on the cholla cactuses just right and it is magical. Just before sunset (1 hour... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Seattle, Washington
One of my favorites in Joshua Tree

What a unexpected wonder to see. These beautiful cactus are stunning, and the path is easy to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Plymouth, Indiana
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Located inside Joshua Tree National Park, this small area contains awesome man-sized cacti that grow in profusion.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
+1 760-367-5500

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Catch the light on the cholla cactuses just right and it is magical. Just before sunset (1 hour) you will see the glow! Highly recommend.

Thank misopiso88
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a unexpected wonder to see. These beautiful cactus are stunning, and the path is easy to negotiate. I'd love to learn more about thee Cholla!

Thank lrltshw
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favorite pit stops in Joshua Tree. The Cholla cactus are beautiful, but be careful. The "Jumping Cholla" has needles that will fly out and sting you if you touch or get too close. We saw this happen to someone and...More

Thank Ashley B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This cactus garden is a distance from the entrance near hwy 62. Its about 20 mins drive south from white tank campgrounds. When you get here, be careful from the bees.

1  Thank Joe B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came up through the south entrance and this was the first attraction we stopped at. Definitely worth the stop when the bees aren’t out. The cholla’s were plentiful and beautiful. Nice short walk to stretch out the legs too. It is exposed to the...More

1  Thank Timothy Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't go to Joshua Tree National park unless you are going to drive through the entire park or at least half of the northern part. The southern half might be good for camping, but it is not scenic. The cactus garden is lovely. It was...More

1  Thank cust0mer2012
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a garden with primary Cholla cactus which a found trough the Mojave desert. It is the dense concentration that make this site unique. The Cholla cactus have sharp needle that become easily detached in your skin if you brush against one. Enjoy the...More

Thank lovetotravel92630
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

When driving through Joshua Tree Park, thus gardens is found closer to the Cottonwood South gate exiting onto hwy 111. The garden consists of only one type of cactus, the Cholla cactus. The colours are basic but the agglomeration of plants in one area is...More

Thank Claudetteth
Reviewed 17 December 2017

If you are in the southern end of the park, definitely stop & look around here. Rare to see so many chollas all in the same place. But be careful -they are called “jumping” chollas for a reason...and all the little balls of cactus on...More

Thank Mary12191
Reviewed 1 December 2017

tried to enter this place but there were so many flying insects/bees or sth like that, that it was impossible to walk there...

Thank jplaneta
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