Mines of Spain State Recreation Area Iowa

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Jun 13, 2024
The Horseshoe Bluff trail was beautiful and a very unique landscape! It’s a 1.5 mile loop trail. We took two young children and it was a little challenging because of the steps and elevation, but eve… Full review by Ben C
Feb 24, 2024
Great trip. We arrived at approximately 2 pm and made our way towards the entrance of the park. The park was on the bigger side, and contained various hiking trails to choose from. There were also de… Full review by PartyTheNightAway
Oct 21, 2023
First stopped at EB Lyons Interpretive Center. Helpful diorama of area showing topography and interest spots. Staff were helpful answering questions about trails, history, and center. Enjoyed the tax… Full review by IowanAllMyLife
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Are dogs allowed?
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Iowa code 571—61.7(461A) says: "Except for dogs being used in designated hunting or in dog training areas, pets such as dogs or cats shall not be allowed to run at large within …
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Iowa code 571—61.7(461A) says: "Except for dogs being used in designated hunting or in dog training areas, pets such as dogs or cats shall not be allowed to run at large within state parks, recreation areas, or preserves. Such animals shall be on a leash or chain not to exceed six feet in length and shall be either led by or carried by the owner; attached to an anchor/tie-out or vehicle; or confined in a vehicle. Pets shall not be left unattended in campgrounds. Dogs shall be kenneled when left unattended in a cabin or yurt and shall not be left unattended if tied up outside of the cabin or yurt. " So in other words NO, it is NOT legal to allow a dog to run offleash in a state park, state recreation area, or nature preserve in Iowa. Whether it is legal or not, you always need to think about whether it is the RIGHT thing to do. Is it ethical? When your offleash dog is endangering wildlife or birds or harming the natural area (or is a threat to other humans) no, it is not ethical.
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Do I understand there is a place to kayak in this park? On a creek?
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Catfish Creek offers public canoeing. If you're looking for rapids you may want to check out area White Water Rapids Parks.
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Hi..What are park hours & do they have BBQ areas?
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How can I choose a trail?
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We have many trails from our handicap accessible John and Alice Butler Trail to the Eagle Scout Trail. Want some advice? Stop in at the EB Lyons Center and...
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