The Sacred El Salto Falls
by Shannon Hall
from above, left side of the falls.
On the border of Carlsbad and Oceanside, in north San Diego county, lies an ancient sacred place called the El Salto Falls. The Buena Creek valley once used by local tribes for spiritual ceremonies is now cement recycling factory, a shopping center and potentially 500 residential units. Nestled in between it all, literally at the base of a Kohl's parking lot is the most compelling waterfall I have ever laid eyes on. Its no wonder this was sacred to the ancient people of this area. It seems to have a spirit all its own and is crying out for people to know more about it, in effort to preserve that spirit, beauty, and integrity.