Catalina zipline to put some zip in sagging tourist industry


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.