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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

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The Mines of Spain are ideal for hiking or a leisure stroll through the woods. There are a few... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dubuque, Iowa
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Great place for a hike!

There are a ton of trails to go hiking on out here! Make sure you take the hike to the top of... read more

Reviewed January 7, 2019
Dan W
Dubuque, Iowa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Mines of Spain are ideal for hiking or a leisure stroll through the woods. There are a few small fishing spots and there is also access to the Mississippi. The views from Julien Dubuque’s grave are gorgeous!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed January 7, 2019

There are a ton of trails to go hiking on out here! Make sure you take the hike to the top of horseshoe bluff, some great views!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dan W
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Many different trails along with several parking areas give you the choice for a quick walk or one that could last hours. We chose a two mile trail that led up to the Mississippi River and it was challenging at times with the elevation changes...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

This is an unexpectedly large recreation with many trails and roads to walk, run, and bike. It is pretty anytime and is perfect now at leaf time. You can access it just south of Dubuque, it is worth a trip.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed September 14, 2018 via mobile

Narrow road off Route 52 which is approximately 4 miles long. Go all the way (past several parking lots for trails) until you get to parking lot by the river. Informative signs and short walk to Dubuque monument and a view of the Mississippi River...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

We saw a sign for this park and decided to check it out before heading back to our hotel for the night. This is a hidden gem! After a few twists and turns, we entered the park. Very pretty roads lead back to the spot...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Must visit! Just a few miles off the highway, drive up to the Dubuque monument. You will be rewarded.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

This is a beautiful, well-signed, and well-maintained park. It's worth a stop if you only have an hour. The horseshoe trail has beautiful views and is appropriate for children. I walked it with my 6 and 9 year old niece and nephew. Stop at the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank megehen
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

My kids and I hiked the horseshoe trail - 3 levels with stairs and amazing views of the river, Dubuque and the bluffs. I believe it was less than a mile. This was our favorite trail due to the views. We also hiked the catfish...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AMT486
Reviewed July 23, 2018

We were amazed at the number of trails and how beautiful they were. We had a great time exploring and would go back in an instant. The trails are accessed by rode, no entrance fee to the park at all.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Michael C
July 2, 2018|
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Response from AlanPhyllis | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It is posted 'on leash', but many do not. When we walk with a dog, I call her to come when I see another person and leash her. She obeys so it is easy. Also, one should plan on cleaning up the dirty. Dogs love the area... More
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Response from DanielPE | Reviewed this property |
YES, on Catfish Creek . Talk to people at park office. Dan Ernst
Marilyn H
May 28, 2016|
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Response from AMT486 | Reviewed this property |
We did not see any grills but plenty of picnic tables.