The cache is placed in the Mines of Spain Recreation Area along the Eagle Scout Trail. The nearest parking is at the Cattesse Hallow Access area (see parking coordinates). It is located off Olde Massey Rd. From there follow the Cattesse Trail to the Eagle Scout Trail. Most of this area is open to hunting so wear the appropriate clothing during hunting season.
The cache is placed with the permission of the Iowa DNR. The Mines of Spain Recreation Area is open year around from 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
NATURAL CHARATERISTICS: The Mines of Spain Recreation Area was designated as one of Iowa’s Watchable Wildlife Areas, and with good cause. Rare species, including the bobcat, red-shouldered hawk, flying squirrel, and bald eagle have all been seen in the area. In addition, the area is home to a large variety of songbirds, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and numerous small mammals. With wetlands, creeks, forests, prairies, cropland, meadows, and the Mississippi River, the Mines of Spain offers a wide variety of Iowa’s natural world for those who take the time to look and listen.