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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

Address: 8991 Bellevue Heights, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
Phone Number: 563-556-0620
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Ranked #8 of 52 things to do in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Attraction details
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Mon - Fri 4:00 am - 10:30 am

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Davenport, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Such a great asset for Dubuque. It's a wonderful fitness area, nature area and window on how Dubuque used to be. A trip to Mines of Spain is well worth the time.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Mines of Spain is a wonderful destination for nature lovers. You can walk a number of trails, some are challenging some are along the base of the bluff. For those who choose not to walk/hike much of the scenery can be enjoyed in the comfort of your vehicle. Their is a monument dedicated to the founder of our city... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We discovered this tucked away gem after a boat ride on the Mississippi. We found the park driving around. There were signs, no worries.

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Dover, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

While the visitor centre was interesting in detailing the mining of lead in the area the surrounding park had walks that were not clearly marked and somewhat confusing. Might be better in the summer.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

The state of Iowa must have some financial hardships. We were visiting from Wisconsin and expected better. No one at Ranger station, not even a trail map. The trails were very poorly marked, if at all. The box Canyon was beautiful and the view magnificent, but we got lost several times, asked directions and still missed the trail head. We... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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119 reviews 119 reviews
28 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Another must stop for anyone visiting and wanting to learn about the cultural indian and explorers plus the river history. Look for the signs on the south side of Dubuque, as it is just a few minutes drive from downtown.

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Naperville, Illinois
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Went first to Eagles Point but it is basically a very pretty park. We wanted a hike/walk for exercise and this is the spot. Take the walk through the quarry/canyon and climb up as far as you wish. The view is wonderful. There are only outhouse type facilities and no water that we saw.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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179 reviews 179 reviews
51 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This area incorporates many things for people with different interests. The EB Lyons nature center on site has excellent exhibits about the area and the animals found with in. There is an indoor bird blind/feeder area where you can watch the birds eat at a number of different feeders (bring your bird book). There is a children's area with a... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Now I can tell all my friends I've been to the mines of Spain and pique their curiosity. We didn't see any mine but the abandoned quarry looks like a natural canyon. One warning - finding the visitor center can be confusing.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you like to hike and spend time in the woods with amazing views of the Mississippi River then you need to spend time here!

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