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The Pinto Basin

Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
+1 760-367-5500
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Rugged Beauty

When in Joshua tree, this valley lies on the downswing of the road through the park. When you are... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2017
Charlottetown, Canada
via mobile
Scenic Drive Thorugh Pinto Valley - Joshua Tree National Park

We drove though Pinto Basin in Joshua Tree National Park. We liked seeing the various viewpoints... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Fremont, 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 good5%
  • Average22%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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“cholla garden” (2 reviews)
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Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
+1 760-367-5500

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Reviewed 18 December 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

Thank Claudetteth
Reviewed 7 August 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.

Thank mini
Reviewed 15 December 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

Thank OziDiver
Reviewed 30 September 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
Reviewed 8 July 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

Thank Milnthorp
Reviewed 18 February 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
Reviewed 25 April 2015

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

Thank Barb C
Reviewed 11 February 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
Reviewed 7 January 2015

We entered Joshua Tree in Yucca Valley and exited on Pinto Canyon Rd. Very good choice --- pleasant 1/2 hr desert drive / road in very good condition / very relaxing drive, with Cactus Garden offering a good spot to stretch your legs. Recommend!

Thank rollngstone
Reviewed 7 December 2014

The Pinto Basin was boring compared to the West end of the park. The flora and formations are few and far between, but if you keep an open mind, it contains it's own beauty. It's here in the basin, that one appears to drive out...More

4  Thank Michelle G
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