Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail

EASY 20 reviews
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Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.3 miles 6 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

walking
3 days ago

trail running
18 days ago

Quick, flat, and interesting

hiking
22 days ago

Short and easy trail. Walk in the park. Worth the short drive east to enjoy the beauty of what Joshua Tree has to offer.

walking
1 month ago

This is a short easy trail that shouldn't be missed.

There is a boardwalk to keep people from compressing the soil around plant roots and further stressing the cacti. Of course, this trail receives the typical number of idiots who think THEIR picture-taking is more important than the plants' survival, so they leave the boardwalk. Please don’t be one of those troglodytes.

If YOU are one of those selfish idiots, I hope the cactus gets you but good.

Be aware that cholla cactus don’t have regular spines, which typically prick the skin and stay on the cactus. Cholla cactus have spines that have evolved barbs that keep the spine in the skin. These ensure that the almost invisible pricker stays in the skin for a long time. These cause a lot more pain than their size would indicate … pangs from annoying to excruciating when that patch of skin is rubbed the wrong way. And they are virtually invisible ... and victims might not even realize they been glochided until the pain strikes.

For those of you who are not rude enough to leave this or any other trail, I advise you to visit this beautiful area at sunset. When the sun is low in the sky, the cholla glochids, which are virtually transparent, will seem to glow in the sunlight and each cacti will look as though it is outlined in neon lights.

1 month ago

This is a lovely short hike thru the largest concentration of Cholla Cacti (aka Teddy Bear Cacti) in the park. We went in December, during a period of unprecedented levels of visitation, so the hike was crowded.

The hike was short and well marked. Part of it even had a board walk.

Hikers with bee allergies should be careful with this trail. Bee populations with be extremely high when the cacti are blooming.

Overall I really liked this hike. It was very easy, but the beautiful Cacti with a mountain backdrop made for some great pictures.

walking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Super short and super easy, but worth to take beautifull teddybear cactus pics.

4 months ago

4 months ago

walking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Super short, easy hike with these weird little cholla cacti. It was fun to see and we took the time to visit them and I'm glad we did. They're just so funky looking!

Visited December 2015

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

The remarkable thing about this area of the park is that very little else besides cholla grows there. While I was there a little kid went running off the trail and came back screaming like he was in a Freddie Kreuger movie. I guess he thought they were pine trees.

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

If its on your way its worth the quick stop.

3 years ago

Very nice and easy trail : a small area covered with a high density of low-height cactus, surrounded by rocky mountains. The kids could do it in balance bike. Ideal to make a 15-30 minutes break when crossing Joshua Tree National Park from North to South.

hiking
4 years ago

Short easy hike. There is a guide that explains findings on the trail. Fun and informative.