Elfin Forest
Recreational Reserve

The Reserve reopened with normal operating hours on Monday, June 15. In accordance with guidance from San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, the Reserve’s reopening requires that visitors have face coverings at all times, and they must be worn when six feet of social distancing is not possible. Please do not visit the Reserve if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, the County recommends that all persons who are 65 years old or older, have a chronic underlying condition, or have a compromised immune system should continue self-quarantining at this time. We look forward to seeing you again at the Reserve. This plan is subject to change; please stay tuned to this web-page for the latest news or call 760-632-4212.

Mission Statement: Olivenhain Municipal Water District is devoted to the safe operation of Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and to providing all visitors with a unique recreational, educational, and environmental experience.

One of San Diego County’s most precious natural resources, the Reserve offers approximately 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, as well as picnic areas and scenic mountain viewing points. In addition, the natural beauty of the Reserve includes such native plant communities as oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. All wildlife and natural resources at the Reserve are fully protected so that future generations may also enjoy these wonders.

The 784-acre Reserve was developed by OMWD in partnership with the San Diego County Water Authority and the U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management, as an element of the Olivenhain Water Storage Project and the Authority’s Emergency Storage Project. The Reserve first opened in 1992. Owned by the Authority and managed by OMWD, the Reserve has been designed to unify the interests of domestic water supply development, natural resources management, and recreational opportunities.

San Diego County Water AuthorityU.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management

Park Hours

8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Interpretive Center Hours

Center is currently closed

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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