Celia’s Rainbow Garden

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!

You can click to enlarge the photos.

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. 

Author: 2DogsTravel

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I am a full-time traveler, retired from a lifetime of different occupations, traveling the country with my two little dogs, Fries and Charlie B; The Chiweenie Brothers. You never know where you might find us, but if you do stop by and say hi . . . If you can get past the two best watch dogs in the universe! Happy Trails!

8 thoughts on “Celia’s Rainbow Garden”

  1. This must be a wonderful park to rest and reflect on one’s blessings. Do you have to pay to camp? And, if we can’t find you in the garden, will we find you at the bookstore? FUNNY!

    I am still putting away Christmas decorations. It is getting to be such a BIG job…getting everything out, putting up, and then putting it all away. Think you are smart and keeping things prioritized. We definitely need to make life simpler, like you!

    Thanks for you recent email and tentative 2018 schedule. Am wondering how many miles you will put on the van in the coming year. (Good thing gas prices are down compared to a few years ago!)

    Sending love and prayers for safe travels in the New Year. We look forward to all upcoming posts.


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    1. BetteLu! 🙂 I haven’t been in the bookstore and not sure I have the nerve. I would be concerned that I couldn’t keep a straight face. It is a good lesson not judging a book by its cover. Or lack of one. :)))) . Campsites here are free if you are in one of the BLM sections with short-term (14 day) LTVA camping. If you don’t want to have to move every two weeks you can go long-term LTVA and pay $180 for the six month season. Thanks for the reminder, I have to put this info on the post.


  2. The park is interesting and sounds like fun for all the family..now the book store…HUMMM! I bet he is amused at the reactions….Looking forward to to your adventures. I am proud of your abilities to live so frugally. I am such a pack rat more or less. Have a great day/week.


  3. Thank you for the post. The park looks like a great place to spend an afternoon, maybe take a picnic. I had never heard of the park or the history behind it, but I HAVE heard of Mr. Winer and his bookstore. So sorry he lost his daughter. what a nice way to remember her by though. Hope your holidays were good and you have an amazing year. Looking forward to going along with you.


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