Mines of Spain Recreation Area


8991 Bellevue Hts
Dubuque, IA 52003-9214
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Phone: 563-556-0620

The Mines of Spain Recreation Area and E.B. Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center are located on 1437 acres of beautiful wooded and prairie land just south of Dubuque, IA. The area has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and includes Julien Dubuque’s Monument at a point just above where Catfish Creek meets the Mississippi. One of Iowa’s “Watchable Wildlife Areas,” it features the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center which serves as the Visitor Center and the Park Office. Come see the Horseshoe Bluff Interpretive Trail, the 15-acre wetland, creeks, forest, prairies, cropland, meadows, and the Mississippi River from a bald eagle’s view. Picnic with us, go for a hike or cross country ski on one of our many trails, and maybe you will capture a glimpse of a songbird, bobcat, red-shouldered hawk, flying squirrel, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, or various butterflies along the Mississippi River Bluffland.



Park and Trails open: 4 am-10:30 pm.  EB Lyons Interpretive Center: 7-3:30 weekdays, 10-2 weekends and other hours for special programming. Call to verify if inclement weather 563-556-0620


Free. Some programming requires registration.