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Cholla Cactus Garden

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Joshua Tree National Park

Cholla Cactus Garden Description

Cholla Cactus Garden is one of Joshua Tree National Park’s most unique, interesting, and prickly destinations featuring endless Cholla Cacti as far as the eye can see. This cactus has been nicknamed the “teddy bear cactus” due to it’s friendly look but do not be fooled! This is not a cactus you want to touch or get too close to as it is chocked full of needles.

Luckily the National Park Service has built a .25mi long boardwalk as part of the Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail to keep visitors from falling victim to these deceptive desert plants.

The Cholla Cactus Garden is located 12miles north of the Joshua Tree National Park’s southern entrance off of Pinto Basin Road. 

Best Time to Visit Cholla Cactus Garden

The best time to visit the Cholla Cactus Garden is sunset when the last light of the day lights of the lighter colored tops of the cacti.

Things to Note

Wear boots if you have them and be careful for cacti, especially the cholla (also known as the jumping cactus) which have a way of snagging feet and legs.

Cholla Cactus Garden | Joshua Tree National Park, California

The Joshua Tree Film

MTJP | Joshua Tree is the culmination of nearly a month spent exploring Joshua Tree National Park. We chose Joshua Tree because of its unique landscape. Its immense boulder piles, colorful cactus fields, endless desert expanses, and one-of-a-kind Joshua trees make for a spectacular setting. This film was shot entirely in 4K.


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Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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