CHOLLA GARDEN

CHOLLA GARDEN

Ouch! Look, but don’t touch! Ranger Pat Pilcher invites you to carefully enjoy the Cholla Garden…
Winter is a good time to visit the low desert, Pinto Basin area of Joshua Tree National Park. Cool daytime temperatures make January an attractive time for exploring this remote area.

The Cholla Cactus Garden Trail offers a great opportunity to discover some of the park’s distinctive plant life. The most dominant plant in the garden is the teddy bear cholla cactus, which, from a distance, seems covered with soft, silvery bristles. As tempting as it looks, please resist the urge to “hug the Teddy Bear.” Each of the bristles is actually a needle sharp spine. If you venture too close and actually touch them, the spine may imbed itself in your skin. Despite evidence to the contrary, the cholla cannot jump but if you get too close – you will! Remember, the Cholla Cactus Garden trail is rated “PG” – parental guidance advised, especially with small children.

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