Cholla Cactus Garden

A large number of cholla growing in front of rocking mountains under clouds lit pink by the sunset.
Cholla Cactus Garden at Sunset

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Quick Facts

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The Cholla Cactus Garden is located along the Pinto Basin Road near the transition zone between the Colorado and Mohave Deserts. This area provides the cholla with more water allowing this area to support a high number of cacti. The Cholla Cactus Garden includes a quarter mile trail to explore the area.

Take care around these cacti, they are commonly referred to as "jumping" cholla as segments can break off and attach to people and animals as a way to reproduce.

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Last updated: May 27, 2021