Mines of Spain Horseshoe Bluff Trail


Dogs Yes

Bird Watching

Fall Foliage

1.75 (miles)

 Very Easy


Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)


The Horseshoe Bluff Trail is an easy family friendly hiking trail in Mines of Spain recreation area near Dubuque, Iowa. Hikers along this trail can expect incredibly scenic views of the Julien Dubuque Monument to the north and to the south an old quarry with the mighty Mississippi River in the background. Along the way make sure to stop and read interpretive signs that explain the park’s geological history. Most of the trails in Mines of Spain can be connected for those looking for a longer hike. This trail is dog friendly, but you furry friend must be kept on leash. Watch out for poison ivy and if you are hiking in the summer you are going to want to make sure you have bug spray, mosquitos can be relentless. In the winter, Mines of Spain is great choice for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing and is favorite for bird watchers year-round. A heads up, Mines of Spain does NOT have a campground.

Red Tape

Camping Fee
Contact: Mines of Spain State Recreation Area 8991 Bellevue Heights Dubuque, IA 52003

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