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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

8991 Bellevue Heights, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
563-556-0620
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Ranked #6 of 26 attractions in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This place is amazing. I'm not one for trails, but this place is as good if not better than some national parks. This place is fantastic. One could spend all day there.

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Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We love hiking, and this place offers something for every level of hiker. Or you can just drive through the area and see a lot of things. Julian Dubuque memorial/burial site was cool, and we opted to hike the Horseshoe Bluff trail - went off the main path and climbed up to the top and had a blast. Not for... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Miles and miles of hiking trails through a beautiful part of the country! Interesting memorial and story overlooking the Mississippi. The interpretive center is very interesting as well. A very nice area for all levels of hikers!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Although we went there so late around sunset, but me and my family had so much fun there ! So some animals and saw a completely different view of the city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Lots of hiking only biking is on the park road. The day we were there the bugs were ridiculous making hiking impossible.

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Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Nice hiking trails and view of the river. Some trails are quite hilly and the trail to the Julien Dubuque Monument has a set of 48 steep steel steps you have to go up. (You can access the monument area with a shorter walk using the road.) There were a LOT of mosquitoes and gnatswhen we were there and it... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This was a surprise area about 5 miles south of town. It gets its name from the fact that this part of the U.S. was under Spanish rule at the time it was first settled and it was a lead mine area. It's in the middle of a nature area and not only has the history of the area, but... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The facilities are left mostly to their own demise and there are few to no facilities. The best statement is rustic but with a wonderful view of the Mississippi river (not overly photographic view). To get to the best view you must climb (not for the faint of heart) or drive up a small road to the located at the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Maybe the best kept secret in the Dubuque area. It's like entering a different world from the surrounding area, including dramatic views and amazing trails and green spaces. It's like going to a really nice state park. Don't miss out on the views of the Mississippi and take in the information on the signs which tastefully adorn the trails. There's... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

It has really nice landscape and a few really nice valleys and hills but the length of the hiking and biking trails are just not that long from 1/2miles to the longest was 3miles. Also for kayaking the creeks you can go on aren’t that long either longest I went on was about a mile if not less but I... More

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