Commercial Activities in Trail Areas

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Special Event Policy and Fee Schedule

To apply for a Special Event Permit, please complete and submit the application form. All fees described in this policy will be paid to Olivenhain Municipal Water District, who maintains and operates the 784-acre reserve.

Each event organizer for any event included in this policy must obtain a $1 million per incident and $2 million aggregate commercial general liability insurance policy naming Olivenhain Municipal Water District as an additional insured. If alcohol is to be included as part of an event, the insurance policy must include Liquor Liability Coverage.

Commercial Activities in Trail Areas

The Reserve was created to provide unique recreational opportunities to the general public. Many service-based businesses (e.g., fitness trainers, dog walkers, etc.) utilize public areas to serve their clients. These activities displace the general public and detract from the overall experience the Reserve was intended to convey to its patrons. For this reason, entities that would like to utilize the Reserve’s amenities for their business are required to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Commercial activities are not permitted on weekends and holidays.
  • Groups may not exceed 40 people or 5 animals.
  • Groups must carpool to minimize impact on parking.
  • Groups must obtain a Special Event Permit prior to arriving at the Reserve.
  • Fees for non-profit organizations or school groups may be waived at the discretion of OMWD.


  • $5 per participant

For additional information or questions, please call OMWD ranger staff at 760-632-4212.

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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