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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

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Address: 8991 Bellevue Hts, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
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+1 563-556-0620
04:00 - 22:30
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Great natural trails

Awesome views of the Mississippi River, trails that go on and on and are usually not very crowded. Many levels of difficulty for all ages. Fall is the best time to visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2016
Dubuque, Iowa
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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Awesome views of the Mississippi River, trails that go on and on and are usually not very crowded. Many levels of difficulty for all ages. Fall is the best time to visit.

Thank D24789
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

There is a lot of hiking to be had here, and lots of treasures to discover. The best part is looking over the Mississippi, with Dubuque in the background. It's a great way to start a Saturday in fall.

Thank SuperTed19
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

If you enjoy hiking around and getting a little local history to boot, this place is a must. It has great views of the Mississippi River along with many trails to hike.

Thank W2FC
Palatine, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Terrific visitor center is staffed by delightfully knowledgeable people and informative exhibits. The park has well maintained scenic roadways that make the points of interest accessible to everyone. Great hiking trails that have a good variety of lengths and levels of difficulty.

Thank mindyziemke
Wapello, Iowa
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Although we didn't get to spend much time or experience the whole area like we would like to have had but what we did see was great! Julien Dubuque's grave and Monument overlooking the Mississippi River was fantastic. It was a great tribute to a great explorer of the area. It appears there are lots of good hiking trails in... More 

Thank Jim C
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Seeing the grave of Julien Dubuque is a quick and easy site for visitors. Great for overlook of the river

Thank USA35805
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We are a hiking family from New Mexico and had to do a hike while we were in Dubuque. The Mines of Spain does not disappoint! Great trails and fabulous views. It is especially lovely this time of year with the trees turning colors. We will return when we visit again next year!

Thank Melissa E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Great place for a hike with Mississippi views from the bluffs. Some slightly challenging rock climbing. Uncrowded and tranquil, even on a Saturday afternoon!

Thank Carole M
Lincoln, Nebraska
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We enjoyed our short visit and the beautiful view from the monument. However, the information center was not open and it was still early in the season and early enough in the day. We had a hard time figuring out how to get around the park. I think they should keep some staff at the center until at least 5... More 

Thank LicoriceLady
near Milwaukee, WI
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72 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Besides the monument honoring Julien Dubuque, this area offers views of the MIssissippi River plus areas just to hike. We were lucky enough to see several artists doing plein air work.

Thank CityHiker73

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