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Bishop Castle

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Address: Highway 165, San Isabel National Forest, Westcliffe, CO 81069
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+1 719-485-3040
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Many hard years of work made of rocks, stone, mortar, stairs, railings...etc Gift shop on location. With beverages.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Carole B
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Westcliffe, Colorado
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Westcliffe, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Many hard years of work made of rocks, stone, mortar, stairs, railings...etc Gift shop on location. With beverages.

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Arlington, Texas
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have never seen Bishop Castle, put this on your list to see. It is very, VERY, unusual. It can be a bit scary to climb to the higher portions of the castle, but a must to get to the stain glass room. If you cannot get around very well, would not suggest it, It is not level going... More 

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36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Bishop Castle is named for Jim Bishop, the visionary who built it with his own hands, stone upon stone. He has been working on it for over 40 years! Many films, events, weddings and other gatherings have occurred in this medieval shell with fire breathing dragon! You can choose to climb inside and outside metal stairs to the top--approximately 6... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

The Bishop Castle is an one of a kind and a perfect roadside attraction. You can't miss it if you're driving on CO-165. Definitely worth visiting.

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Pueblo, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

The drive is beautiful and spectacular, especially if you drive past Lake Isabel. Coming up to Bishop's Castle is bizarre at first, seeing this weird, but compellIng structure in the woods. More like a creation out of Mad Max. Amazingly large and tall, a work in progress of a genius. Mostly stone and steel with stained glass, turrets, stairs, bridges... More 

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Newnan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Really amazing structure, but a bit scary to go all the way up. There is a port a potty on site,but it was full to the seat so definitely make a potty stop beforehand!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We have watched the building of Bishops Castle for the past 23 years. The castle has been built by one man with his own 2 hands. He had a vision but no real plans when he started. it now has 3 levels, wrought iron walkways and flying bridges, stained glass windows and a dragon who used to spew smoke. Mr.... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

It's a bit of drive to get here and you may only spend up to 1.5 hours here but it's worth the drive. It's unique, beautiful and has an incredible and inspiring story behind it! Get ready to walk up a lot of stairs!! It's fun and a little scary but you can do it!! I wouldn't recommend this for... More 

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Overland, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Truly an awesome stop. Very fun and unique. Read the signs, learn about Bishop and his castle. He's there working on it while you play around. Tall towers age not fit the faint at heart. Something to take pictures of and tell people at home about.

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Fowler, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

All built by one person with NO government inspections so are you feeling risky? Scary in places but a neat place to visit. Just pull off the road and walk around.

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