Del Dios Highlands Preserve
9860 Del Dios Hwy.
Escondido, California 92025
Local Phone: (760) 745-4379
Del Dios Highlands County Preserve is 774 acres of open space habitat acquired as part of the County of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program.
The Del Dios Highlands Trail straddles the San Dieguito and Escondido Creek Watersheds and provides a passive trail connection joining the communities of Del Dios and Elfin Forest.
The trail is open for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use.
Half way up the trail from the Del Dios Highway staging area visitors can enjoy an inspiring view of Lake Hodges to the southeast.
Further up the trail the Pacific Ocean can be seen on a clear day. The trail connects with the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve trail system managed by the Olivenhain Municipal Water District.
The Preserve is open seven days a week from 8:00 am to half an hour before sunset. In the event of heavy rain the preserve will not open for public safety and protection of the resources.
• Bring your own water
• Dog must be on leash
• Please clean up after your dog
Photo courtesy: SanDiegoCounty.gov
Dog-friendly, Del Dios Highlands Preserve, Escondido, County of San Diego, hiking