Quartzsite, for being such a tiny town, has a lot to offer people who come to visit. I was floored to see parks within the park at the Quartzsite Town Park: a skateboard park, a park for remote controlled airplanes, picnic areas, bathroom facilities, the nice dog park we visit so often which is divided into two sections, one for big dogs and one for little dogs. And Celia’s Rainbow Garden. Here’s the story of this lovely tribute to a child.
Celia’s Rainbow Garden is a 20 acre section within the Quartzsite Town Park donated to the town for the on-going volunteer project to landscape and maintain it in tribute to Paul and Joanne Winer’s 8 year-old daughter, Celia, who died in 1994.
The garden is a nature trail that includes several special areas along the trails including a miniature pioneer village, a mining display, a rock and gem pavilion, veteran’s area and more. It is so beautiful!
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Paul Winer is also a business owner and local character in Q. He owns and operates a book store in town. One can often find him behind the counter, naked … he is also a concert pianist. No one has said whether he plays naked. You may shocked, but you got to hand it to the man, he has all the confidence in the world! And he loved his daughter with all his heart.
Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs!! Hugs, Shawna
CAMPING Info: Large BLM areas for LTVA (long term visitor area) boondocking. Short LTVA of 14 days max is free. If you intend on spending the winter in and around Q and don’t want to move every two weeks you can go long term LTVA and pay $180 for six months. The long term areas have garbage bins and water, and most have pit toilets but no electricity or tables. They are also patrolled and enforce a maximum speed limit within the area I am told. That is a big plus because in some of the areas the ATVs and many vehicles have no problem bombing down the dirt roads and spewing dust everywhere.
Keep in mind BLM requires you to pick up after your pet or bury their waste at least six inches deep , and they must be on leash at all times. Also be aware that coyotes are abundant and keep a close eye on your pets at all times. DO NOT leave them outside staked out alone. Many have lost a beloved pet because they left them tied outside by themselves.