Pala is a small, mostly Native American, community located in San Diego County, California near Fallbrook. It is east of Carlsbad in the San Diego-Carlsbad metro area. In the National Geographic Names Database it is officially catalogued as feature number 1661174. The community is in ZIP Code 92059, and inside area code 760. The community name may be derived from the Native American Cupeno or Luiseno language group term pal, meaning "water." Another possible origin of the name is the Spanish word pala, which means "shovel."