A short, unique walk through the famous cactuses of Josh Tree National Park

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Moderate

Description

This is not a typical "hike" - it's more of a leisurely walk stroll, following a designated path through a dense concentration of cholla cactuses. The trail is pretty short (at around 400 metres) so it's accessible for hikers of all levels.

That said, the terrain is uneven and rocky in some areas, so comfortable walking shoes are required.

The main attraction on the trail is the dense population of cholla cactuses (also known as "teddy bears") because their soft appearance masks a prickly feel! The landscapes around this hike are stunning, doubly so during sunrise or sunset when the sunlight bathes the cactuses in a warm glow.

The golden hour light enhances the beauty of the desert landscape and the unique characteristics of the cholla cactuses. It's essential to be cautious while exploring the Cholla Cactus Garden because the spines of these cacti are super delicate and come off easily.

You definitely don't want to get any stuck in you! Stay on the designated paths and avoid touching or getting too close to the cactuses to prevent any mishaps.