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
Joshua Tree National Park

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Stroll through the Cholla Cactus Garden along a flat 0.25-mile loop trail. Hike through thousands of teddy bear cholla cactus and enjoy scenic mountain views. The Cholla Cactus Garden is in the Pinto Basin, part of the transition zone between the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. Cholla are concentrated here because of the right conditions for these plants to thrive and multiply. They mainly reproduce when detached stems root into the ground to grow a new plant. These separate stems are often too heavy for the wind to carry, so the colony grows in this area or "garden"! 

The Cholla Cactus Garden is a unique experience during a visit year-round. It is a great place to enjoy the sunrise or sunset. If you visit in the spring, you will see the yellow/green blooms. 

Tread cautiously around these cacti because they are commonly called "jumping" cholla." The cholla segments can break off and attach to people and animals with sharp spines. Wear closed-toed shoes on this trail to protect your feet. Stay on the designated trail to protect this delicate ecological area. 

Joshua Tree National Park

Last updated: April 1, 2024