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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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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Got to spend several hours hiking around this wonderful park located only minutes from downtown Dubuque, what a great location. Some fabulous scenery that includes the Mississippi River and the location where Julien Dubuque mined for lead. Can't wait too go back to spend more time exploring.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Really a great view of the area from the Julien Dubuque Monument and trails all over the place. Another great DBQ spot for visitors to see.

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Omaha NE
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121 reviews 121 reviews
83 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Considered the first European settler to visit the northeast Iowa area, Julien Dubuque left a legacy. Iowa’s eighth-largest city is named after the French-Canadian fur trader. Dubuque settled in the area during the late 1780s. He received permission from the Meskwaki Indians to mine lead during that time. Within the decade, Spain’s control of the region resulted in him obtaining... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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3 attraction reviews
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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
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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