Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Joshua Tree National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great little walk. Truly an amazing little spot on the more desolate Colorado desert side of Joshua Tree. I wouldn’t say go out of your way but if you come in the cottonwood gate it’s worth the stop.

If you are driving by, it's worth stopping to look at these Cholla cactus. Really in general, I think Joshua Tree is a lot about admiring the beauty of desert vegetation, and this is very special.

The cactus is cute. It's suitable to take pictures here before sunset.

Great trail. Didn't need the 4 wheel drive. Not very crowded. Only saw a couple vehicles. Great views of rocks and was able to stop at a few and get out and walk around.

Pleasant walk around the cacti, very short. It’s far from the Joshua Tree entrance on the west; if you’re entering from Cottonwood, it’s on the way and much closer.

scenic driving
1 month ago

The reliably paved drive through the park, you have to use to get anywhere, or can take simply to take in sights from a car. Most major paths are marked, with the exception of Cholla Cactus as you drive towards 29 Palms.

On the advice of a park volunteer, we stopped here. Attached to the visitor's center, it is just a simple concrete path through the Oasis. Unlike most trails, this one lacks the informational posts about Flora and fauna. Instead you will find some sort of literary arts project on what looks to be informational posts, a bit of a head scratcher if you ask me. I'd skip this in the future.

Not the most exciting hike. You walk along a path through a groove of cholla cacti. They have informational pamphlets which were out during our trip, unfortunately. Be careful near the cacti.

Brooklyn mine. Is my first off-road destination I’ve done in Joshua Tree. I went on the black eagle trail a day later with not seeing much. If I had one choice go for Old Dale road, and Brooklyn mines. There are several other mining camps around the area. A easer (flatter) way to BM is by turning left after exiting Joshua NP to goldenrod mines then head north to Los Angeles mines there you can hike up into BM. I took all trail map route to the hilly part. I seen everyone (but not me) turn around. A lift, good tires aired down , and in lo 4 wheel. The rocky scary looking hills was not too hard at all. I enjoyed having the place to myself.

A very short walk through a mass of cholla cacti. It’s definitely worth a quick stop (the trail is very short and can be done in a few minutes) and the view to the south towards the Pinto Basin with all the cacti in the foreground is very beautiful.

They were out of the informational pamphlets when we were there which was unfortunate.

nice views

2 months ago

short trail but interesting

One of my favorite parts of Joshua Tree! We went at sunset and it was stunning! Very easy, not even really a hike but gorgeous none the less!

Short but beautiful nature walk through some cholla cacti. Go an hour before sunset to see the sun shine through the cactus needles and give them a magical glow!

Cool stop sling the way between hikes but more of a sideshow than a hike.

10 to 15 minute walk. Stroll through a huge cactus garden. Cool stuff.

A very beautiful short loop through a nice Cholla Cactus Patch. Very easy hike but lots of opportunities for good photos. Does not take longer than 30 minutes.

This is a very nice little walk through an amazing little grove of jumping cholla cactus. Today there weren’t any of the papers with the information relating to the sign posts along the way. It would have been nice to learn more about the cactus ecology.

off road driving
3 months ago

Brooklyn mine is a great spot to spend the night. it's rated as a hard trail but it's not very hard. it is remote and you do loose the trail at times but it's a great spot to get to. The mine is quite extensive. the ladders are questionable so make sure you tie off. my sniffers never went off while I was there but I didn't get to the bottom of the mine. I saw at least 3 levels in the mine and will be going back to explore and map it.

Hiked Saturday on a cold weather day, stayed out with snow flurries, midway through cold wind and sun. Will do again when the weather is warmer
Beautiful views

Easy trail out and back via a 4WD in the loop portion. 2WD would be ok if higher clearance vehicle. Family sedan would be too low for some rocky portions. Nice to get away from the crowds!

Geology road tour was in great condition. Some spots had washboard, but nothing terrible. Views were excellent, didn’t manage to grab a map with the description of the markers so we made up our own description. Next time will grab the map. I agree with the previous comments: The signs say 4 wheel drive only, but really it is not needed. Did this in a stock 14 Subaru Forester and had no issues.

Not a hike but a beautiful little stop in Joshua Tree National Park. Quick, super easy loop. Family friendly. Don't touch the cacti! We saw a few injured people because of this.

Worth the stop; it doesn't take long. Photo tip: Take a pic of the cholla with the sun shining through the needles from behind. Gives them a cool halo effect!

Short but nice hike beautiful views. Joshua Tree is so beautiful so many trails and adventures

5 months ago

Very unique area in JTNP as has varying and beautiful terrain.

Excellent short walk right off the main road.

This is a really cool place to stop in Joshua Tree. I recommend going towards sundown because the cactus looked beautiful at that time. Make sure to take a pamphlet at the beginning of the garden walk before walking through to learn about the garden.

If you are visiting Joshua Tree NP, this is a neat place to stop and see. Stay away from the cacti. They are difficult and painful to remove, even with tweezers.

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