Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
0.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
22 days ago

Stunning at sunset!

hiking
30 days ago

Nice little walk - one of the few things that you can do even in the heat of a summer day. The cacti are really pretty and worth checking out.

walking
2 months ago

Not a hike, but a very cool spot to check out the teddy bear cholla. I’ll admit I wasn’t stoked on coming here, but I’m glad my friend convinced me. Loved seeing the cool cacti.

nature trips
2 months ago

Super cool to see all these cactus. Bees were not a problem. A must see if you get to the park.

walking
2 months ago

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.

walking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

walking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months 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
5 months 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.

5 months ago

short trail but interesting

walking
5 months 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
5 months 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!

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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
6 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.

6 months ago

Cute cactus

7 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
7 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!

7 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

Excellent short walk right off the main road.

hiking
8 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
8 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
10 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
10 months ago

This was a nice quick hike that was very interesting.

walking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

walking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Beautiful garden

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