WHERE TO STAY: Mojave Sands (62121 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree) is a fully refurbished, eco-chic motel near the park’s west entrance. Each of the five motel rooms has a private patio, and its two suites have steam showers (one of the suites even has a private outdoor shower for those who like things au naturel). In lieu of televisions, rooms are equipped with a turntable and records—an interesting spin on good old-fashioned entertainment! There are also nine campgrounds in the park, most of which are first come, first served. Four campgrounds take online reservations, including Indian Cove Campground. White Tank Campground is closest to the Cactus Garden, located just 7 miles east on Pinto Basin Road.
Cholla Cactus Garden is located on Pinto Basin Rd., 12 miles east of Park Blvd. and 20 miles west of the Cottonwood Visitor Center (near Lost Palms Oasis Trail). Park in the lot on the south side of the road and follow the nature trail through the cactus garden.