Mines of Spain State Recreation Area Trails System

Located just south of Dubuque along the Mississippi River, this approximately 20-mile trail system offers a wealth of opportunities for recreation, environmental education, human history interpretation, and wildlife observation.

photo: Julien Dubuque Monument and the Mississippi River.

Length: 20.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail, Snow Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing

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Location: Mines of Spain State Recreation Area Trails System, South of Dubuque at Mines of Spain State Recreation Area.
State(s): Iowa
Counties: Dubuque
Longitude: -90.664473
Latitude: 42.459084

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The trail system at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area includes eleven trails covering approximately 20 miles. The trails include the Lead Mine/Pine Chapel, Mesquakie, Calcite, Catfish, Julien Dubuque, Horseshoe Bluff, Fox/Sauk, Prairie Ridge, Cedar Ridge, Cattesse and Eagle Scout. These trails are all interconnected creating one long continuous trail system with loops and connectors.

Main features found along the trail system include remnants of a lead mine, pit mine, Pine Chapel, 1880 Junkermann Farm site, Indian Rock Shelters, Indian Mounds, Native Tall Grass Prairies, Upland forests with 200-300 year old oak trees. Other natural resources include 3 miles of Mississippi River Shoreline with views of the river valley and park at several trail locations. White birches, river birch, a small wetland with floating bridges, an old quarry to illustrate the geology of the area are just some of the natural features that the trails pass through.

Interpretive signs are found along several of the trail routes to illustrate the cultural histories and natural resources of the area. The park trails connect to Heritage Bike/Hike Trail and the Mississippi River Bike Trail.

Additional Details

Width: 50 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Elevation Low Point: 604
Elevation High Point: 830
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail Information
Website: American Trails Featured NRT

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Wayne Buchholtz
Iowa Dept. of Nat. Resources
8991 Bellevue Hts.
Dubuque, IA 52003 -9214
(563) 556-0620
[email protected]



Julien Dubuque Monument and the Mississippi River.

Julien Dubuque Monument and the Mississippi River.


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