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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

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Beautiful historical and recreational site - a MUST SEE!

Just south of Dubuque, Iowa, the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area covers 1437 acres filled with... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
Haymarket, Virginia
huge park

This park is huge, with lots of different parking lots. I had researched in advance trails to run... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2018
Farmington, Connecticut
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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

Date of experience: June 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank d r
Reviewed July 5, 2018

The Mines of Spain area are a little off the beaten track, but still minutes away from the downtown part of Dubuque. I primarily went there to hike. Near there, I noticed a quarry dug out of a mountainside. Quite colorful geology there. Also, it...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Frank M
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Living here in Dubuque, people tend to take for granted the amazing natural beauty we have right here in our backyards - we were one of them, until the past several years! The Mines of Spain is one of the most spectacular places in our...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank csschmitz3
Reviewed May 30, 2018

My wife and I wanted to get some exercise while staying in Dubuque for the night so we went to the mines to do some hiking. The bugs were a bit annoying but the trails were well marked and had been kept up. There is...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Ben H
Reviewed April 30, 2018

One of the best places in the dubuque area to explore . comfortable shoes are needed . they have awesome exhibits all child friendly a good place to go if you love nature, the trails make it a good place to run or jog and...More

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank danigirlluv
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

This is a must see if you are visiting the Dubuque area. Catfish creek is great for fishing and kayaking or canoeing. Miles of hiking trails also easy to drive around and enjoy the sites to! More important is the historical significance of the mines....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Skimmer2065
Reviewed April 4, 2018

My kids and I made a random trip to Dubuque and googled a few things to do. We love hiking and the outdoors so made the Mines of Spain a to do. It was pretty cold the day we went so we took the hike...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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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 AMT486 | Reviewed this property |
We did not see any grills but plenty of picnic tables.