Mines of Spain Recreation Area


This vast expanse of Mississippi River Bluffland just south of Dubuque offers 12 miles of hiking trails with scenic overlooks, picnic facilities and even a wildlife observation blind. Head to the EB Lyons Interpretive Center to learn about the landscape and plan your visit.

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