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La Jolla Zip Zoom

 

Last updated 9/8/2015 at 11:51am

Photo from The San Diego Union-Tribune

La Jolla Indian Reservation will open a zip line on Labor Day weekend to increase the number of tourists in the area.

Located in Pauma Valley a few miles west of Lake Henshaw, the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians are already well known for their camp ground along the San Luis Rey River, which welcomes in the region of 100,000 visitors each year. They hope to bring in some much needed tourism dollars by spending $200,000 of their own money and $1.8 million of federal economic grant money creating the mile and a quarter of cable that is spread over four stations.

In order to reach the last tower, visitors can enjoy a short nature hike through the towering oaks learning about some of the tribes history and culture before ending the journey at the campground approximately 2 ½ hours later.

The reservation has been declared a federal disaster area three times in the last eight years and witnessed dozens of their homes and 93 percent of the reservation destroyed in the Poomcha fire in 2007 followed by devastating mudslides in 2008 as well as flooding in 2010.

Although the reservation is still home to approximately 465 of the tribe's 728 members, they collect no gaming revenue and hope that the new 'La Jolla Zip Zoom ZipLine' will enable them to build cabins and other lodgings, eventually creating a small casino.

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