Discover Where Iowa Started at the Mines of Spain
Experience endless beauty in one of Iowa's most significant state parks.
Over 1,400 acres of natural wonder situated along the Mississippi River.
The caretakers of the land.
The earliest known inhabitants of the area were the Mesquakie. They were fur traders while also working the lead mines. Julien Dubuque, the founder of what is now Dubuque, established a relationship with the Mesquakie that allowed him to settle the area. 📸@iowasphotographer
The Julien Dubuque Monument
One of Dubuque’s most iconic landmarks sits atop a limestone bluff at the Mines of Spain. The Julien Dubuque Monument was built in 1897 and serves as a burial spot for Julien Dubuque. Originally he was buried by the Mesquakie tribe with tribal honors beneath a log mausoleum at the site where the monument now stands.
The Mines of Spain is an outdoor oasis with prairie lands, wetlands, hiking, and more. One of the most iconic trails is the Horseshoe Bluff Nature Trail. This .75 mile trail features scenic overlooks and views of the old quarry. There is also the John and Alice Butler Trail. A half mile ADA paved walkway that runs along the America’s State Tree Woodland Walk where you can see trees from all 50 states. See a full trail map of the park here. 📸 @bellabender
Get to Snappin'
Check out the two Snapchat geofilters whie in the park. Use them by snapping a picture and swiping through the filters. Filters designed by @willietigges
Learn more about the Mines of Spain and start planning your next outdoor adventure to #WhereIowaStarted.