Visit Cholla Cactus Garden - Joshua Tree National Park
This unique garden is located off Pinto Basin Road, 12 miles south of the park’s North Entrance & 20 miles north of the Cottonwood Visitor Center.
Thousands of fuzzy “teddy bear” cholla cactus plants blanket over 10 acres of land here at Cholla Cactus Garden.
Cholla play a vital role in supporting the local desert wildlife here, but there’s no shade on the path, so bring plenty of water and sun protection.
You can visit year round...just check the local weather. Summer heat can be brutal and Winter can bring cold temperatures with howling winds.
The easy, gentle and flat 1/4 mile dirt path loops you safely around and through this garden filled with Cholla.
Enjoy walking across the wooden bridges, but stay on the marked trails as you take heed of the signs warning about getting close to the cactus.
These cacti don’t actually jump, but each of their spines hold tiny barbs that easily release and attach to anything they come in contact with.
You can easily walk the trail in under 30 minutes, though you might want to give yourself a bit longer to enjoy all of the unique cactus views.
Golden hour is often considered the best time to visit because the Cholla light up in fiery golden colors at sunrise & sunset.
Please follow the Leave No Trace principles here to keep this place golden. The closest campgrounds with toilets & trash are Jumbo Rocks & White Tank.
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