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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

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"Great For Hiking"

Many different trails along with several parking areas give you the choice for a quick walk or one... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
Large recreation area south of Dubuque

This is an unexpectedly large recreation with many trails and roads to walk, run, and bike. It is... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
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8991 Bellevue Hts, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
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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

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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.

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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

Thank Beth Brown L
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

1  Thank JARtraveler29
Reviewed August 14, 2018

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

2  Thank jennifer772
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

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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

Thank Amanda T
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.

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Reviewed July 21, 2018

Just south of Dubuque, Iowa, the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area covers 1437 acres filled with diverse wildlife and resources detailing the history of the Meskwaki (Mesquakie) Indians (later subsumed by the Fox), their lives with the first permanent French-Canadian fur trader, Julien Dubuque,...More

1  Thank patkaloger
Reviewed July 15, 2018

This park is huge, with lots of different parking lots. I had researched in advance trails to run on without realizing I also needed to know where to park, so it took a bit to get started. The trail was well-marked from the parking lot,...More

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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
August 3, 2016|
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Response from Daniel P E | 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 Amanda T | Reviewed this property |
We did not see any grills but plenty of picnic tables.