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Cholla Cactus Garden

Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
+1 760-367-5500
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A ranger suggested we stop here, and we're very glad we did. It's only about ten miles off the main... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Beautiful cactus garden

On your way to Cottonwood through the Pinto Basin, right in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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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 weeks ago

A ranger suggested we stop here, and we're very glad we did. It's only about ten miles off the main road, but it's a nice drive, and you are rewarded with this little delight! There's a short trail to walk through the center of the...More

Thank andyhg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On your way to Cottonwood through the Pinto Basin, right in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park, do not miss this little hidden gem, it is well worth a visit.

Thank ochassot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Started from the south entrance with amazing rock mountain views then headed to the 15 min trail opportunity to see up close the Cholla Cactus in the center of the park. We then drove up north to see the Joshua Trees.

Thank Sofiared7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to a class on JTNP and the guide said to be sure to stop here, but we almost didn't take his word for it... Please don't be so silly! We would have regretted not going. After Hidden Valley, this was my #2 favorite...More

Thank annelisetravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The garden is a short drive off the main road that goes from 29 Palms to Keys View and some of the other main attractions in the park, but certainly well worth the few extra minutes. The stark contrast of the cactus filed to the...More

Thank danielcG2110YO
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Our family of 5 really loved the short walk through the cactus garden. The day we went was quite hot, however as the trail is short and flat you can still take your time and enjoy it in only 5-10 minutes or so. It was...More

Thank JohnnyLaRue72
Reviewed 15 May 2017

The Cholla Cacti are quite cool to see and to walk around in, but please stay on the track. We witnessed someone eager to go walking in-between them and her foot got punctured with needles...

Thank SIrLancelotBCN
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

While this is indeed a beautiful cactus garden, I offer the following cautionary note. Watch out for these cacti as they spread by producing small globe shaped cacti that separate from the primary cactus and that readily attach to passersby. These cacti are very painful....More

Thank VirginiaTraveler805
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Really found this pullover stop interesting. Kids enjoyed the short hike through the cactus garden--the cholla cacti were in bloom and it was picturesque to walk through them in such close range.

Thank aliciavt
Reviewed 2 May 2017

These is an easy stop as it is right on the side of the road as you are heading to the South side of Joshua Tree. There is a walking path through the garden and is easily doable by anyone. It's really a beautiful site....More

Thank jrog9832
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