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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

Opens in 29 min: 4:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Open today: 4:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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Nice tribute to Julien Dubuque

Narrow road off Route 52 which is approximately 4 miles long. Go all the way (past several parking... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Beth Brown L
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Gorgeous spot to see the Mississippi River!

We saw a sign for this park and decided to check it out before heading back to our hotel for the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Plymouth, Michigan
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8991 Bellevue Hts, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Narrow road off Route 52 which is approximately 4 miles long. Go all the way (past several parking lots for trails) until you get to parking lot by the river. Informative signs and short walk to Dubuque monument and a view of the Mississippi River...More

Thank Beth Brown L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw a sign for this park and decided to check it out before heading back to our hotel for the night. This is a hidden gem! After a few twists and turns, we entered the park. Very pretty roads lead back to the spot...More

Thank JARtraveler29
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Must visit! Just a few miles off the highway, drive up to the Dubuque monument. You will be rewarded.

1  Thank jennifer772
Reviewed August 14, 2018

This is a beautiful, well-signed, and well-maintained park. It's worth a stop if you only have an hour. The horseshoe trail has beautiful views and is appropriate for children. I walked it with my 6 and 9 year old niece and nephew. Stop at the...More

Thank megehen
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

My kids and I hiked the horseshoe trail - 3 levels with stairs and amazing views of the river, Dubuque and the bluffs. I believe it was less than a mile. This was our favorite trail due to the views. We also hiked the catfish...More

Thank Amanda T
Reviewed July 23, 2018

We were amazed at the number of trails and how beautiful they were. We had a great time exploring and would go back in an instant. The trails are accessed by rode, no entrance fee to the park at all.

Thank roommusic
Reviewed July 21, 2018

Just south of Dubuque, Iowa, the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area covers 1437 acres filled with diverse wildlife and resources detailing the history of the Meskwaki (Mesquakie) Indians (later subsumed by the Fox), their lives with the first permanent French-Canadian fur trader, Julien Dubuque,...More

1  Thank patkaloger
Reviewed July 15, 2018

This park is huge, with lots of different parking lots. I had researched in advance trails to run on without realizing I also needed to know where to park, so it took a bit to get started. The trail was well-marked from the parking lot,...More

1  Thank Rooindie
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Enjoyable way to spend a couple hours. Trails were well marked. Beautiful views, and very scenic. Would go again.

Thank calbracht2018
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Nicely maintained park with great views over the Mississippi. Well documented history in the education center. Trails are well marked. Enjoyed seeing some restored buildings and artifacts. Unfortunately, recent rains made a couple of trails inaccessible. I recommend going in the Fall or spring, when...More

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Michael C
July 2, 2018|
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Response from AlanPhyllis | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It is posted 'on leash', but many do not. When we walk with a dog, I call her to come when I see another person and leash her. She obeys so it is easy. Also, one should plan on cleaning up the dirty. Dogs love the area... More
August 3, 2016|
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Response from Daniel P E | Reviewed this property |
YES, on Catfish Creek . Talk to people at park office. Dan Ernst
Marilyn H
May 28, 2016|
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Response from Amanda T | Reviewed this property |
We did not see any grills but plenty of picnic tables.