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Joshua Tree National Park
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Cholla Cactus Garden

The Cholla Cactus Garden is a unique and popular attraction within Joshua Tree National Park, located in Southern California, USA. Joshua Tree National Park is renowned for its striking desert landscapes, unique rock formations, and diverse flora and fauna. The Cholla Cactus Garden is a specific area within the park that showcases the dense concentration of Cholla Cacti (pronounced choy-ya) known as the Teddy Bear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii).


Here are some key features and details about the Cholla Cactus Garden:

Teddy Bear Cholla:

The Cholla Cactus in this area is often referred to as the "Teddy Bear Cholla" due to its deceptively soft and fuzzy appearance. Despite its cute nickname, these cacti have sharp spines, and visitors are advised to admire them from a distance.

Scenic Landscape:

The Cholla Cactus Garden offers a surreal and picturesque landscape, especially during sunrise or sunset when the soft light enhances the beauty of the desert vegetation. The contrast of the golden sunlight against the spiky silhouettes of the cacti creates a stunning visual experience.


The Cholla Cactus Garden is easily accessible by car and is located along the main road within Joshua Tree National Park. Visitors can take a short walk along a well-maintained trail to explore the area.

Wildlife Viewing:

The Cholla Cactus Garden is not only a fascinating botanical site but also an opportunity for wildlife viewing. Desert creatures, such as birds, reptiles, and insects, may be spotted in and around the cacti.


The unique and photogenic nature of the Cholla Cactus Garden makes it a popular destination for photographers. The play of light and shadow among the cacti, especially during the "golden hours" of sunrise and sunset, creates captivating photo opportunities.

When visiting the Cholla Cactus Garden or any part of Joshua Tree National Park, it's important to follow Leave No Trace principles, stay on designated trails, and respect the fragile desert ecosystem. Additionally, be cautious around the cacti to avoid accidental contact with their spines.



Aerial Photo
Cholla Cactus Garden

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