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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

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Address: 8991 Bellevue Heights, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
Phone Number: 563-556-0620
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Activities: Birdwatching

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A great place to hike.

This is a great place to get away for the afternoon, and offers a large group of trails to choose from. You can opt for an easy jaunt, or a more difficult climb up the hills for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Dubuque, Iowa
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Dubuque, Iowa
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96 reviews 96 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to get away for the afternoon, and offers a large group of trails to choose from. You can opt for an easy jaunt, or a more difficult climb up the hills for some beautiful views.

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Wisconsin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

First time in Iowa with our kids ages 5 and 7. Wow, didn't realize Iowa was so hilly! Trail into the canyon was super cool! We were here on a warmish day in January 2015, so only saw a few other people. There was still ice on the steps climbing up to the lookout into the canyon. My daughter (7... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I traveled alone over spring break for some quiet time. I stayed at the Quiet Walker Lodge bed and breakfast in Durango just outside of Dubuque. They gave me a map of the Mines of Spain rec area so I would know where to go and not get lost. I was told that some trails would not be marked but... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
29 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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