About Us

La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians

The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians has existed here for thousands of years. The campground is located on the south facing foothills of Palomar Mountain. The San Luis Rey River runs through the campground, which is also fed by natural springs.

Our Story

The La Jolla Indian Reservation was established by Executive Order of the President of the United States, Mr. Ulysses S. Grant, on December 27, 1875. However, The Payómkawichum (Luiseño People) have always been here in this area. The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians is one of six federally recognized Luiseño Tribes in Southern California. The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians have always been a strong, resilient and resourceful people. In the early 1930’s, the Tribe established the La Jolla Indian Campground.

The La Jolla Indian Reservation consists of nearly 10,000 acres located at the base of Palomar Mountain in Northern San Diego County, California. Most of the land is undisturbed wilderness and is covered with many native plants and trees such as Sage, Chia, berries and many oak trees for making wiiwish (acorn pudding). There are also game such as deer and rabbit. These plants and game make up a small portion of our traditional food, all of which are still consumed by tribal members today.

Meet our friendly staff at La Jolla Indian Campground

La Jolla Indian Campground has one purpose: to exceed your expectations from the beginning to the end of your stay at La Jolla Indian Campground.

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Benny Magante

Manager

Benny is an enrolled member of the La Jolla Indian Reservation. He has been working at the campground for 6 years. Benny enjoys water activities and is a musician. He enjoys playing the drums and playing with his band.