Special Events 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.

Special Events in Trail Areas

OMWD realizes that the Reserve offers many scenic areas that are perfect for special events such as secluded, small wedding ceremonies. Due to the popularity of the Reserve for its recreational opportunities, special events in trail areas are permitted but limited to the following:

  • Events may only take place Monday through Friday (holidays excluded).
  • Events may take place on trails, viewing areas, overlooks or picnic areas.
  • Events at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty are allowed but are subject to the Interpretive Center Facility Rental restrictions above.
  • Events in trail areas may include no more than 30 participants.
  • No trail or access to a trail may be blocked by the event.


  • $250 per hour (including setup, breakdown and cleanup)

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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