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Indian Reservations in San Diego County

San Diego County has more Indian reservations than any other county in the United States. However, the reservations are very small, with total land holdings of just over 124,000 acres, or about 193 square miles of the 4,205 square miles in San Diego County (reservation acerage source from the San Diego County Tax Assessor). Of the 20,000 Native Americans who make up the 4 tribal groups that live in San Diego County, only a small percentage live on reservation land.

The following tables provide contact information, along with acreage and population figures for the tribes located within San Diego County. Population figures are based on 2000 U.S. Census Data, and acreage information is from the California Department of Transportation.

Barona Reservation Campo Reservation Capitan Grande Reservation
Cuyapaipe Reservation Inaja & Cosmit Reservation Jamul Indian Village
La Jolla Band of Indians La Posta Reservation Los Coyotes Reservation
Manzanita Reservation Mesa Grande Reservation Pala Reservation
Pauma & Yuima Reservation Rincon Reservation San Pasqual Reservation
Santa Ysabel Reservation Sycuan Rancheria Viejas Reservation

Barona Reservation

Barona Band of Mission Indians
1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
(619) 443-6612
Website

Location: Approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego in the mountain foothills.
Ethnology - Language: Ipai-Tiai (Diegueño)
Population: 536
Acreage: 5664

Campo Reservation

Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians
36190 Church Road
Campo, CA 91906
(619) 478-9046
Website

Location: Southeastern San Diego County atop the Laguna Mountains.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: 351
Acreage: 15,336

Capitan Grande Reservation

Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians
Alpine, CA 92001

Location: In the northwest quadrant of the Cleveland National Forest.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: 33 (living off the reservation)
Acreage: 15,615

Cuyapaipe Reservation

Cuyapaipe Band of Mission Indians
4054 Willows Road
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-6315
Website

Location: Immediately east of the Cleveland National Forest and west of Anza Borrego Desert State Park off State Highway S1.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: (none on the reservation)
Acreage: 4,156

Inaja & Cosmit Reservation

Inaja - Cosmit Band of Indians
1040 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 747-8581
Website

Location: Within the boundaries of the Cleveland National Forest, southwest of Julian, off Highway 78 and at the junction of Eagle Peak, Engineer and Bolder Creek Roads.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: (none on the reservation)
Acreage: 846

Jamul Indian Village

Jamul Indian Village
P.O. Box 612
Jamul, CA 91935
(619) 669-4785
Website

Location: 10 miles southeast of El Cajon, along State Highway 94.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: 60
Acreage: 6

La Jolla Band of Indians

La Jolla Band of Indians
22000 Highway 76
Pauma Valley, CA 92061
(760) 742-1297
Website

Location: Southern slopes of Mount Palomar; off State Highway 76, 25 miles east of Escondido and 60 miles northeast of San Diego.
Ethnology - Language: Luiseño
Population: 390 (tribal enrollment: 620)
Acreage: 8,798

La Posta Reservation

La Posta Band of Mission Indians
P.O. Box 1120
Boulevard, CA 91905
(619) 478-2113
Website

Location: 56 miles east of San Diego and 46 miles west of El Centro in the Laguna Mountains, its southwest corner is bordered by Interstate 8.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: 18
Acreage: 3,471

Los Coyotes Reservation

Los Coyotes Band of Mission Indians
P.O. Box 189
Warner Springs, CA 92086
(760) 782-0711

Location: 50 miles from San Diego between the Cleveland National Forest and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, east of Mount Palomar.
Ethnology - Language: Cahuilla, Cupeño
Population: 70
Acreage: 24,762

Manzanita Reservation

Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
P.O. Box 1302
Boulevard, CA 91905
(619) 766-4930
Website

Location: In southeastern San Diego County, about 67 miles east of San Diego on Interstate 8, near the town of Boulevard and in the Carrizo Desert.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: 69
Acreage: 3,563

Mesa Grande Reservation

Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians
P.O. Box 270
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
(760) 782-3818
Website

Location:
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: 75
Acreage: 1,820

Pala Reservation

Pala Band of Mission Indians
P.O. Box 50
Pala, CA 92059
(760) 742-3784
Website

Location: About 40 miles northeast of San Diego and on the San Luis Rey River.
Ethnology - Language: Luiseño-Cupeño
Population: 1,573
Acreage: 12,333

Pauma and Yuima Reservation

Pauma/Yuima Band of Mission Indians
P.O. Box 369
Pauma Valley, CA 92061
(760) 742-1289

Location: In the northeastern corner of San Diego County, in the foothills of Mount Palomar about 65 miles from downtown San Diego.
Ethnology - Language: Luiseño
Population: 186
Acreage: 5,826 (in four separate tracts)

Rincon Reservation

Rincon Nation of Luiseño Indians
P.O. Box 68
Valley Center, CA 92082
(760) 749-1051

Location: In the northeastern corner of San Diego County, along the San Luis Rey River.
Ethnology - Language: Luiseño
Population: 1,495
Acreage: 3,918

San Pasqual Reservation

San Pasqual Band of Indians
P.O. Box 365
Valley Center, CA 92082
(760) 749-3200
Website

Location: About 40 miles north of San Diego and 12 miles from Escondido, adjoining the community of Valley Center and on Highway S-6.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: 752
Acreage: 1,412 (in five non-contiguous tracts)

Santa Ysabel Reservation

Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueño Indians
P.O. Box 130
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
(760) 765-0846
Website

Location:
Ethnology - Language: Diegueño
Population: 250
Acreage: 15,270

Sycuan Rancheria

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
5459 Dehesa Road
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 445-2613
Website

Location: About 20 miles from San Diego and 6 miles from El Cajon between Interstate 8 and State Highway 94.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: 33
Acreage: 632

Viejas Reservation

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Viejas Tribal Office
1 Viejas Grade Road
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-3810
Website

Location: 35 miles east of San Diego, north of Interstate 8 and the city of Alpine, 30 miles north of the Mexican border.
Ethnology - Language: Kumeyaay (Diegueño)
Population: 394
Acreage: 1,572