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Cholla Springs is mostly based on the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts in Arizona .Cholla Springs is the central region of the territory and borders the regions of Gaptooth Ridge to the west, the Redemption Mountains to the north, Río Bravo to the south, and Hennigan's Stead to the east. A small portion of the South-Eastern border is defined by the San Luis River.
The area is largely desert with saguaro cactus and desert scrub. Most of the land is too arid and dry for farming, making cattle ranching a more preferable choice. Criminals and gangs roam freely across the region, meaning that getting lost can lead to dire consequences. The region consists of wide open desert plains and low lying hills with small rocky canyons and cliffs with jagged peaks. Trees are few and far between, with the largest source of water in the region being Lake Don Julio.
This is the region where the player first begins the game following the journey in the opening cinematic.
Locations in Cholla Springs
- Coot's Chapel
- Critchley's Ranch
- Hamlin's Passing
- Hanging Rock
- Jorge's Gap
- Lake Don Julio
- Mercer Station
- Odd Fellow's Rest
- Pleasance House
- Rattlesnake Hollow
- Ridgewood Farm
- Riley's Charge
- Rio del Lobo
- Twin Rocks
- Two Crows
- Venter's Place
- This region is likely named after the real-world Cholla Cactus, which can be seen throughout the New Austin and Nuevo Paraiso territories in-game.
- Cholla Springs is the largest constituent region in the game.
- In Spanish, Cholla means "head" or "ball" or uncommonly as a slang for "woman".
- A reference to the region is made in Grand Theft Auto V; there is a road in Sandy Shores that runs adjacent to Trevor's trailer called "Cholla Springs Avenue".