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Bishop Castle

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

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A Surprise In The Woods

Quite a structure! it was raining lightly so we didn't attempt any of the elaborate, but somewhat spindly wrought iron walkways. We chatted briefly with Mr. Bishop, but didn't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Bob M
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Bountiful, Utah
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Bountiful, Utah
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53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quite a structure! it was raining lightly so we didn't attempt any of the elaborate, but somewhat spindly wrought iron walkways. We chatted briefly with Mr. Bishop, but didn't wait for any lectures. Definitely worth going a bit out of your way to see.

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Thank Bob M
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Bishop Castle (named for Jim Bishop, "amateur" engineer and builder) is a wonder! How could he get so many rocks and how did he keep going for 40 years? Definitely a must see if you are in the vicinity. 5 floors of see through decks to climb...cool stained glass and the awesome continuing work is a true EXPERIENCE!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mr. Bishop has done an amazing job of creating his own castle. Hats off to him! But, be aware, OSHA would not approve. This is not a stroller/handicap friendly location as there are many uneven steps and inclines exist. This is an active work site location. This is his private property that he allows people to come explore at your... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thats was an amazing stop. This is not for the faint of heart. It was a rush walking on a wrought iron bridge as it swayed. This has to be the most terrifying thing I have ever done. Awesome adrenaline rush. This was not for the faint of heart.

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Thank love2cookchicago
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing, quirky place! Everyone loved it! Be careful with children, they definitely need adult supervision for safety reasons. Mr. Bishop had been working since 4 am the day of our visit and was resting so we did not get to meet him. We did visit with his friend who was informative. The gift shop is very eclectic and fun

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Thank Amy G
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the highlights of our family vacation! It is beyond description and an amazing place to see. Definitely take the time to climb through the narrow passages to see the uniqueness in the castle. The road trip to and from the castle was absolutely beautiful with breath taking views!

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Thank sum-15
Fort Lauderdale
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding! This will cure anyone's fear of heights. We spent all afternoon there and walked the whole castle including touching the flag at the top of the spire. I love this place. Well done, Jim Bishop!!!

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Thank topdaug2
Dallas, Texas, USA
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am so in love with this amazing man and his passion. A true labor of undying love. Hand built and crafted structure that continues to this day. I went about eight years ago and was astonished by what could be created one stone at a time. I had to take my BFF , to see it in July 2016... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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526 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Besides natural beauty, Custer County does not have a huge amount of tourist attractions. But wait until you see this. Jim Bishop is an eccentric who has spent decades building this stone by stone all by himself. If he's around during your visit, get ready to hear a lot of indignant rants of government malfeasance and so on. But you... More 

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Thank Waterloonie
Dallas
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One man, who really is crazy, has built this castle 100% my himself and there are signs all around to make sure you know he built it himself. There is no charge, but there are donation boxes. My kids love it and we have been back twice, but my heart is in my throat the entire time. You can climb,... More 

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