Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail

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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 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
0.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

walking
7 days 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.

16 days ago

Cute cactus

1 month 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
1 month 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!

1 month ago

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

walking
2 months ago

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

walking
2 months ago

Excellent short walk right off the main road.

hiking
3 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
3 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
4 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
4 months ago

This was a nice quick hike that was very interesting.

walking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful garden

7 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.

9 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
10 months ago

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.

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