Mines of Spain State Recreation Area

Dubuque, Iowa 52099

Mines of Spain State Recreation Area

Mines of Spain State Recreation Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, located on the bluffs overlooking Catfish Creek and the Mississippi River, encompasses Catfish Creek State Preserve and the Julien Dubuque Monument (on the National Register of Historic Places). Steeped in cultural history, Mines of Spain SRA is situated in an area that has been inhabited for at least the past 8,000 years.

It was also the site of the first Euro-American settlement in Iowa and the beginning of river town Dubuque. A short jaunt around the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center’s trails or a 15-mile day, over bluff and down valley can be enjoyed within the gorgeous park."

Mines of Spain State Recreation Area Trip Reports

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8/23/2009
Hiked 8.6 of areas 22.65 miles of trails. Area offers several trails of varying length with hikes though wetlands, grassland and timber. Horseshoe Bluff offers a 2 mile nature loop with some elevation change and a scenic overlook of the Mississippi river and a trek down into a beautiful amphitheater. Calcite is a 2 mile loop that ties into several different trails allowing the opportunity to add mileage to your hike. Calcite also offers a large elevation change, for eastern Iowa, and a chance to catch a glimpse of some wildlife. If you visit the Mines of Spain I highly recommend the Calcite hike.
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Trail Information

Dubuque
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.5
Distance
1,472 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Approximately 2 to 5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS Dubuque South
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