Mines of Spain State Recreation Area encompasses a total area of 1,387 acres near Dubuque City, Dubuque County, Iowa. To get to the park, just drive towards the south edge of Dubuque just off the U.S. 52. The Mississippi River forms the eastern boundary of the park while other points of interest within the park like E.B. Lyons and the Mines of Spain can be accessed through Highway 52 South that intersects with Highway 61/151 which are south of Dubuque City.
Some of the other interesting attractions at the park include a monument of Julien Dubuque who was one of the first European settlers in Iowa. The park has been listed as a National Historic Landmark. Besides the rich history at the park, additional attractions include a rich diversity of biota.
In fact, the park has been titled as, one of Iowa's Watchable Wildlife Areas and a National Wildlife Federation Nature Area. Another natural feature that draws people to the park is the horseshoe-shaped area called ‘Horseshoe Bluff.' This is a geological feature referred to as an Ordovician dolomite.
In addition to the natural splendor offered by the park, the park also has several other amenities that make it a great place to visit. Some of these amenities include hiking trails, historic sites, visitor/interpretive center, bird and butterfly garden, ski trails, nature walks, picnic facilities, and an observation blind. These facilities make it possible to enjoy several recreational activities including hiking, interpretive programs, cross-country skiing, wildlife viewing, and hunting.
If you have a dog, you are welcome to bring your pooch to the park at no extra cost. There are, however, some simple regulations that need to be observed when within the park. Some of the rules include keeping your dog on a six-foot leash (maximum length) or in a secured enclosure at all times.
Also, ensure that you have immediate control of your dog at all times and especially when venturing around the park. If you decide to camp at the park, you should be aware that there is a limit of two pets that limit that you should observe when you stay in a yurt or cabin.