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Bishop Castle

Westcliffe, CO
719-485-3040
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Westcliffe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Traveler Description: A snarling metal dragon head greets visitors to Jim Bishop’s castle in the San Isabel National Forest . This gravity-defying feat of ingenuity is... more »
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Houston, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

One man's vision rendered in stone, by his own hand. Shows what an individual can do, in spite of bureaucratic obstructions.

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Loveland, Colorado
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209 reviews 209 reviews
77 attraction reviews
819 helpful votes 819 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Bishop Castle is both amazing and obscure, so you will not run across this place by accident. What it is is a stone and iron monument to one man's bizarre creativity and disdain for the governmental and political. You will just have to visit and read the numerous signs to see what I am talking about. There is no admission... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Cool and unique handbuilt stone and iron castle. I thought it was pretty amazing that in this day and age, the owner/builder does not charge admission. His signs are very clear that it is proceed at your own risk- he is not responsible for any injuries. Donations are accepted. I was there with my husband (who is 6'6") and 7... More

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My husband, 6-year-old son, and I took the time to drive from Colorado Springs to Bishop Castle and we were not disappointed. The drive from the highway to the castle's location was immensely beautiful. The castle itself is so much fun. There is so much whimsy. It's like being on a set designed by Tim Burton. Yes, there were parts... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This place is beyond description. You just have to see it to understand. It's free but you can make a donation. One man has been building this as I understand for 29 years. He is now 70 and continues to add to it. I was told that he starts around 3 am each day. If you happen to be by... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you are looking for something truly unique to do in Colorado, you can't do better than a visit to Bishop's Castle. So long as you aren't expecting your run-of-the-mill, overly commercial, slick, cookie-cutter tourist experience, you'll LOVE seeing what one man can do. Many people say not to bring kids here. I can't imagine why not. Not only is... More

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Buffalo, Minnesota
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

What a great roadside attraction! Two thumbs up for this family. To visit take I-25 South of Pueblo to exit #74 at Colorado City to Hwy165, then drive about 24 miles to the castle. This hand built structure has been built from stone and metal over the last 37 years. The castle builder is Jim Bishop and can often be... More

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Denver, Colorado
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132 reviews 132 reviews
29 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Visited this place with my wife, parents, niece, brother and his family while camping near Rye, CO. This castle is pretty amazing, the kids had a blast but it's true what others say about this destination...TREAD WITH EXTREME CAUTION!!! It's obvious that all construction codes have been ignored and unenforced. Based on his signs and rants (which will be discussed... More

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Acton, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This one-man-built castle is amazing. It was so much fun to climb around. We were distressed to see people with young children climbing the towers since it is far from child-safe. In fact there is a bridge that ends abruptly quite high from the ground. There are signs posted around the property clearly expressing his political views - which are... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Coming up from Colorado Springs I found the drive beautiful and scenic; worth the drive itself. The Castle is an odd obsession and the work of a single man. Impressive at a distance and a testament to one man’s ingenuity, I wonder if it’s structurally sound throughout. Having been in many unfinished construction projects, I don’t see how this castle... More

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