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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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Amazingly sketchy

This is such an amazing build. It's breathtaking and fascinating. It's very sketchy feeling the further you go up but somewhat freeing. There's no railing and nothing is built to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Itltrot
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such an amazing build. It's breathtaking and fascinating. It's very sketchy feeling the further you go up but somewhat freeing. There's no railing and nothing is built to code. It's not that kind of structure. This is a dream one man built throughout his lifetime. I hope he's able to keep it open for everyone to enjoy for... More 

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Thank Itltrot
Arlington, Texas
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Exciting and enjoyable experience exploring Jim Bishop's crazy castle, which was mostly designed constructed by hm and his son. Pleasant grounds and a small gift shop.

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Thank Sunshine_Joy2u
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is unique that is for sure. You have to respect someone that wants to make something as one-of-a-kind as this. And you have to appreciate that they are willing to share their work with others. I would call this more of an "art" stop than anything else. With all that said, I did not enjoy my time or visit... More 

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Thank ElaineG29
Litchfield, Illinois
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77 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This "castle" is quite a sight to see, and the story behind its builder is quite fascinating. Our grandson loved climbing all the winding steps and suspended bridges. I thought it was all a little frightening, but glad we stopped since it was on our route. If you are taking young children, keep an eye on them.

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Thank notcarla
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this by googling interesting things to see around Westcliffe CO. It truly is a one of a kind building. The "Bishops Castle" was built by Jim Bishop all by himself. He started building it in 1969 and he is still adding to it. I didn't make it to the top but I did see other people that did. There... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bishop Castle provides quite a spectacle along a beautiful stretch of mountain road near Rye, CO. Seeing is believing. The Bishops created a unique and inventive attraction. Check it out and donate a few bucks!

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Thank Wesley B
Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw this on a Colorado Vacation Directory site and were not disappointed we drove about 1 hour to it. The architecture and vision of the builder are truly impressive! This is also a good place to begin getting acclimated when traveling from lower elevations

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Thank Bob M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is really neat and it's a FREE!! experience that the kids loved. That being said, this one guy built the whole thing and the story behind it all is great. I just didn't feel safe to be honest. There were several spots that I stepped where the floor didn't feel secure or it felt damaged and wasn't being... More 

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Commerce City, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't pass this attraction up! This was our favorite attraction of many we visited. This is an amazing castle still being built by a hard working man throughout his lifetime. You will have the opportunity to go inside and see and experience anything here that you want. There is a cool dragon chimney, moving ball on top and a shop... More 

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Thank Kimberly M
Beloit
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a by donation attraction. It is not for young children since there is some scary climbing inside and outside the structure. It's an incredible testament to one man's dream and workmanship.

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