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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

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Free to roam

With no fee to enter, and early and late hours, there are miles of forest and prairie to wander to... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2017
Dubuque, Iowa

Lots of trails to explore and a good visitor center which explains the history of the area. Don't... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2017
Connie C
Etters, Pennsylvania
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8991 Bellevue Hts, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
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Reviewed April 13, 2017

With no fee to enter, and early and late hours, there are miles of forest and prairie to wander to your heart's content for any nature lover. This is a great retreat for an afternoon hike, jog, or bike ride, or even have a little...More

2  Thank TJBramble
Reviewed April 8, 2017

Lots of trails to explore and a good visitor center which explains the history of the area. Don't miss the bird watching area in the back of the visitor center.

1  Thank Connie C
Reviewed April 4, 2017 via mobile

Truly an amazing view great place to take pictures and hike and also some historical sites to see make sure to bring your camera

2  Thank Jesse R
Reviewed March 20, 2017

Great hiking, running or casual walking. Views of the river are great. Lots of trails, picnic spots and countryside. This is a great spot for all ages. There is at least one spot to launch a canoe. There is plenty of parking all over the...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Visited interpretive center. Relatively small but presented well about the area. Exhibits includes animals, birds, indians, original family farms, and lead mining. Gift shop area. Donations. Call before visiting to check on hours due to budget cutbacks and volunteers at times. The rest of the...More

1  Thank Steven E
Reviewed February 28, 2017

We stopped here to check it out. loved the information center. we will be coming back in the summer to walk the trails.

Thank lark_eggert
Reviewed February 14, 2017

My family and I like taking walks through the Mines of Spain. You get amazing views of the Mississippi River. Good for all ages. I also like biking through the Mines of Spain, b/c you don't have much car traffic and there are some nice...More

Thank Ben M
Reviewed January 19, 2017

Awesome place to walk, collect your thoughts, go as a group, or alone. The hiking trails are all scenic and easy to walk on. Some are more challenging for the paths wrapping around the hill side, and you can ride all the way through the...More

1  Thank cindyoberfoell
Reviewed November 14, 2016

Awesome views of the Mississippi River, trails that go on and on and are usually not very crowded. Many levels of difficulty for all ages. Fall is the best time to visit.

Thank D24789
Reviewed November 13, 2016

There is a lot of hiking to be had here, and lots of treasures to discover. The best part is looking over the Mississippi, with Dubuque in the background. It's a great way to start a Saturday in fall.

Thank SuperTed19
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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
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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.