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Cholla Cactus Garden Trail

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Trail

0.2 mile 0.4 kilometer loop
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 12' 4 m
Descent: -14' -4 m
High: 2,197' 670 m
Low: 2,185' 666 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This completely level loop visits a wonderfully dense concentration of cholla cactus.

Megan W

Features Wildflowers

Family Friendly Kids will love meandering through the whimsical-looking cholla along this classic trail.

Overview

Take care to not touch the "fuzzy" teddybear cholla as you wind your way through this unique cactus garden.

Description

From the Pinto Basin Road, stop at the well marked parking area for the Cholla Cactus Garden. The very short path is a dirt loop with zero elevation gain. It winds delightfully through a forest of cholla cactus. One species of this cactus looks exceptionally fuzzy and, for this reason, it is commonly known as "teddy bear cholla".

Obviously, you should not touch the cactus - it damages the plant and will leave you with hooked spines embedded in your flesh and clothing. Otherwise, enjoy this profusion of stubby, cute desert life!

Flora & Fauna

Cholla cactus!

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Sep 28, 2019
Dennis Dixon
Sep 1, 2019
Heather Alford
11h 56m
Aug 15, 2019
A H
Aug 12, 2019
Hiking Bear
Bees may be out looking for water, including in your bottles, sweat, and car A/C. Park rangers suggest turning off A/C 15 min before parking. — 0h 20m
May 25, 2019
Madeleine Grace
Apr 16, 2019
Milly S
Yeah it was .2 miles not 2. But still cool! 2mi — 0h 15m
Mar 18, 2019
David Kohl
Mar 14, 2019
Ryan Gillikin
9h 00m

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  4.1 from 9 votes

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Droves of cholla are highlighted by the setting sun at Cholla Cactus Garden. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.
May 25, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
Some beautiful Cholla Cactus.
Dec 8, 2015 near Twentyn…, CA
A sea of cholla cacti
Mar 29, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
Cholla cactus
Mar 21, 2019 near Twentyn…, CA
Cholla Cactus Garden Trail in Joshua Tree National Park
Apr 22, 2015 near Twentyn…, CA
Double Rainbow At Sunset
Jan 28, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA

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