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“Nice are to walk in”

Mines of Spain Recreation Area
Ranked #4 of 70 things to do in Dubuque
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

The facilities are left mostly to their own demise and there are few to no facilities. The best statement is rustic but with a wonderful view of the Mississippi river (not overly photographic view).

To get to the best view you must climb (not for the faint of heart) or drive up a small road to the located at the top of the hill.

Thank Larry S
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

Maybe the best kept secret in the Dubuque area. It's like entering a different world from the surrounding area, including dramatic views and amazing trails and green spaces. It's like going to a really nice state park. Don't miss out on the views of the Mississippi and take in the information on the signs which tastefully adorn the trails. There's even a trail option that makes you think you are in New Mexico! Rocks and canyon. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS PLACE!

1  Thank Paul A
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

It has really nice landscape and a few really nice valleys and hills but the length of the hiking and biking trails are just not that long from 1/2miles to the longest was 3miles. Also for kayaking the creeks you can go on aren’t that long either longest I went on was about a mile if not less but I believe once the highway bridge is done it should get longer, fingers crossed.

Thank ChrisS0083
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

I took my mom to Galena, IL for a quick winter getaway. We enjoy outdoorsy activities year round and seek to find local hikes in the areas we visit. The Mines of Spain is a lovely recreational haven that is easy to get to and nicely secluded from the nearby towns. Despite its seclusion, it is conveniently located and very close to Dubuque, IA. It took us less than 10-15 minutes to arrive by car from Dubuque proper.

There were some trailhead toilets available in the parking lot. They were primitive pit toilets and not plumbed. FYI.

The weather was unseasonably warm the first week of December and resulted in heavy fog. It made for dramatic scenery though! I highly recommend the easy (my mom has knee and foot problems) the Horseshoe Canyon hike which is a short, perhaps .75 miles one-way, level trail. It is not a paved and we did come back with mud and twigs caked on the soles of our hiking boots.

Catfish creek is another beautiful area and warrants a visit. We would revisit this park if returning to Dubuque.

2  Thank bckpkr1979
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

So many trails, caves, have to be adventoures and explore off trails. Great place to relax and become one with nature.

1  Thank Jkonrardy37853
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