EB Lyons Interpretive Center

The EB Lyons Interpretive Center serves as a visitors center and park office. It offers displays and exhibits that provide information about the history and features of the area. The Center has a children's activity room with live animals native to Iowa, a bird viewing room, a lead mining display, and much more. Outside the Center visitors will find bird and butterfly gardens, hiking trails, restored prairies, picnic areas, restrooms, and the Woodland Walk Picnic Shelter.

The 1432-acre recreation area of the Mines of Spain forms around the center. It is located along the southern edge of Dubuque. The eastern boundary is formed by the Mississippi River. The center is open year round with a series of programs and events hosted by the environmental education staff. Picnicking facilities are available at the Center, the Julien Dubuque Monument, and the Horseshoe Bluff Area. 


Located just south of the city of Dubuque, access off Highway 52 South onto Bellevue Heights Road.


Displays and Exhibits

Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

Environmental Education Programs

Bird and Butterfly Garden

Free Snowshoe Rental

Children's Activity Room

Live Native Animals

Lead Mine Display


Operating Hours & Seasons

The EB Lyons Interpretive Center is open to the public year round free of charge.


Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm

Weekends 10am-2pm

Closed Holidays