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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

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Great place to hike, walk, jog, take pictures, etc.!

So many different things to wonder around and look at here. The bluffs have history behind them... read more

Reviewed July 1, 2017
Casey N
Nice hiking

We quite enjoyed doing some hiking here! We parked a bit away from the Julian Dubuque memorial so... read more

Reviewed June 28, 2017
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8991 Bellevue Hts, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
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Reviewed July 17, 2017 via mobile

This place is a great place for going hiking or walking especially is you love nature! But there is a few cliffs so I would be careful

1  Thank Kylee123486
Reviewed July 1, 2017

So many different things to wonder around and look at here. The bluffs have history behind them, and it's neat reading up on it. The views of the river are beautiful, and there are usually different wildlife to see. There is a reason you always...More

1  Thank Casey N
Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

We quite enjoyed doing some hiking here! We parked a bit away from the Julian Dubuque memorial so as to hike up there, but you can absolutely drive close to it. There was a good amount of hills, so be forwarned if you decide to...More

1  Thank hddonoho88
Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

We hiked Horseshoe Bluff with kids. It's a perfect hike for families. Don't miss it! You can see the river, rocky cliffs, many birds, and more. It only took us about 45 minutes.

4  Thank Amy R
Reviewed May 14, 2017

Beautiful views of Mississippi River and Dubuque. Learning opportunity, bird watching and hiking. Great nature attraction.

3  Thank IllinoisKate1
Reviewed May 12, 2017

This whole area of the US has it's own kind of beauty! This park offers some nice old low cliff hiking along the river with great views of the Mississippi and surrounding area. Great for the family, or a picnic. Theirs also some history for...More

2  Thank Leftoverstardust
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

Hiked several trails of various lengths and difficulty. Beautiful area. Well maintained trails. Mostly grass paths. There is a paved path near the interpretive center that is partly handicap accessible and features information about various local tree species. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Robin E
Reviewed May 2, 2017

This is a beautiful park There are all kinds of trail (some easier than others) and is extremely photogenic! There is no where in this park that you won't get great pictures. Enjoy the beauty!

1  Thank carolpovolish
Reviewed April 28, 2017

The canyon in this park is breathtakingly gorgeous, in part because it's unexpected. Climb up to the overlook to see the river, and drive to the Julien Dubuque Monument for some Dubuque history and a closer view of the city.

2  Thank LindaSueSulzdorf
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

Great park along the Mississippi with great views! Don't miss the Horseshoe bluff area (the Grand Canyon of Dubuque), it is amazing!! Beautiful park!!

1  Thank JohnnyChicago1
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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
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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.