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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

8991 Bellevue Heights, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
563-556-0620
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Ranked #7 of 21 Attractions in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Mon - Fri 4:00 am - 10:30 am

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Dover, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
26 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 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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175 reviews 175 reviews
50 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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9 reviews 9 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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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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8 reviews 8 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
100 helpful votes 100 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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