Mines Of Spain Recreation Area – Dubuque, Iowa

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The Mines of Spain Recreation Area and E.B.Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center are located on 1380 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 song bird, bobcat, red-shouldered hawk, flying squirrel, white-tailed deer, wild turkey or various butterflies along the Mississippi River Bluffland.

Address: 8991 Bellevue Heights, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214

Directions: Access to the Mines of Spain and E.B. Lyons is off Hwy. 52 South, which intersects with Hwy. 61/151 on the south side of Dubuque.

Hours: The park is open year-round, with park hours of 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The interpretive center is open year-round with limited hours. It is open Monday through Friday from October through April. During the summer season, April through October, the center is open seven days a week. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. Please call for off-season hours.

Phone: 563-556-0620 voice 563-556-8474 fax

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