AVALON, Calif.—Catalina is trying to put some zip in its sagging tourist industry with an attraction that will hurtle visitors across the island on a cable.
The Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour, scheduled to open on April 14, will propel folks over canyons at up to 40 mph.
The zipline consists of a harness connected to a trolley that runs on overhead cables. Tourists will pay $89 to zip along nearly 3,700 feet in five segments—one of them 300 feet high.
The zipline, which cost more than $1 million to build, is aimed at attracting a younger crowd of tourists with a little adventure. Earlier this year, a four-hour bus tour of the island’s wilderness areas was closed because of declining ticket sales.