Photograph the Cholla Cactus Gardens at Sunrise or Sunset

Cholla Cactus Garden Loop

Cholla Cactus Garden is home to thousands of cactus with some wildflowers during the right season. This is a great sport for sunrise and sunset as the cactus begin to glow in the light. 

The Cholla Cactus Garden is something everyone can appreciate and enjoy. The trail is in total about a 0.25 loop, but you are certainly free to wander around more. Plan on spending at least 30 minutes to an hour enjoying the scenery.

If you are a photographer, you will be enthralled by the lighting conditions. The garden is located off of Pinto Basin Roa in Joshua Tree. The parking lot is 20 miles north of the Cottonwood Visitor Center and almost impossible to miss as it is surrounded by the thousands of cactus that make the spot so famous.

During the early morning or sunset, the needles on the cactus begin to look like they glow and it creates quite a scene. It is usually not too crowded so it is a great spot to just relax at after a long day of hiking or rock climbing. Jumbo Rocks and White Tank campgrounds are both near by if you are staying in the park overnight.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Warmer clothes as the sun sets
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RT Distance 0.25 Miles
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers

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It’s nice after sunrise, too!

The only problem with this trail is, well, it gets a little crowded. But it being out of the main valley, likes he Tuolmne Meadows is (are?) for Yosemite, makes for a less overrun with annoying tourists experience in general. So while we missed the sunrise, we did get some epic shots.

rad

watch your step. i moved to the side as an elderly couple passed and got attacked by the jumping cactus, which is a well earned name, i didn't even get close to one, but sure enough i was picking spines out all day long. still worth 4 stars though

Cholla Cactus garden

A must see if you are at J Tree. It is awesome!


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