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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

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
6 days ago

Easy beautiful walk through the gardens! Good for all ages.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Nice little walk through the cholla cacti!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Would have been very cool to see the cacti, but I guess bees overrun it in the summer months and it wasn't even safe to get out of your car without being swarmed by them.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty dang cool cacti

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Nice little trail to see some beautiful cacti on.

Normally these are annoying when hiking, but it’s cool to see them in such abundance.

no shade
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Normally I'm not big on nature trails but this was a pretty cool, impressive one. Amazing to see these beautiful cacti up close in such abundance. Also, the drive in from the north park entrance was absolutely break taking and surreal!

3 months ago

not the most epic scenery in Joshua Tree by a margin, but during your short flat walk you will be lost in a forest of cholla. recommend early morning or late afternoon when you get some great light and shadows on the cacti.

3 months ago

Super easy trail! Really just walking through the cholla!! My favorite type cacti I've seen!!

walking
no shade
3 months ago

This is more of a walk than anything. I think the man-made trail is more of a suggestion that isn't followed by most, and it is crowded.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Recommended for all ages. Very easy but gorgeous flora. Lots of picture opportunities.

hiking
3 months ago

Completed on 04/25/2019: Easy to follow, short loop, through a beautiful dense cactus garden. We went in late afternoon as the sun was lower, making the needles appear as they were glowing. Such a beautiful site. Some of the cacti are close to the trail, so be aware that you don't get poked.

Very interesting

no shade
4 months ago

Short hike amongst the chollas.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful short walk in the southern half of Joshua Tree NP where the Joshua Trees are scarce but the Golden Chollo and Sonoran Ocotillo are everywhere!

hiking
4 months ago

Basically exactly as described, all cholla all the time. The amount of cholla was impressive

5 months ago

very photogenic. a great last stop.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful site!

hiking
5 months ago

Time to get out of the vehicle and do this little walk. A great little break to stretch your legs. Beautifully maintained. Great opportunity for more photos.

hiking
5 months ago

Really beautiful. A sea of cactus. Fantastic light at sunset for photos.

6 months ago

Beautiful just beautiful

hiking
6 months ago

Interesting scenery and terrain. Beautiful cacti

6 months ago

Beautiful at sunset

6 months ago

Nice walk

hiking
6 months ago

Really easy short outdoor walk. Takes no time

7 months ago

Fun short hike with a lot of cactuses to see

walking
7 months ago

Quick, easy stroll on a manicured path. A huge patch of chollas sitting in an alluvial plain is a unique sight and it's right off the main road so it would be silly not to stop and take a look. We were hoping for some spectacular photos during the golden hour at sunset and we got there in time but at this time of year the sun sets behind the tall peaks before the sky starts changing colors. For photography purposes it would have been better to visit at the sunrise. We still got some great photos and we're glad we went.

This is not a hike more of an attraction. Great spot for an Instagram picture. Just try not to fall into a cactus while taking your selfie (saw 3 unhappy people picking thorns out of their legs after doing this!)

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