Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail

EASY 92 reviews
#10 of 97 trails in

Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail is a 0.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
8 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

short trail but interesting

walking
1 month ago

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!

walking
1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

walking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Cute cactus

3 months ago

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.

walking
3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

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

walking
4 months ago

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

walking
4 months ago

Excellent short walk right off the main road.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

walking
5 months ago

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.

walking
6 months ago

This is a short walk through a beautiful garden. Stay on trail and keep away from the cacti... I saw some tourists ignore the signs and get pricked pretty bad!

hiking
6 months ago

This was a nice quick hike that was very interesting.

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful, short walk, good for kids and dogs. Great time, super easy.

8 months ago

in the evening the sun will make the thorns on the cacti glow white. Very cool.

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful garden

9 months ago

So many bees out right now! The garden is amazing, especially closer to sunset when the cacti look even fluffier with the sun at their back.

11 months ago

The cacti were so stinking cute and it was such a perfect day out to experience their beauty! Definitely will be coming back again to explore more of What Joshua tree has to offer!

walking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Easy photo ops

trail running
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Quick, flat, and interesting

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

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
Saturday, January 21, 2017

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.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

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
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

Load More