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Address: Highway 165, San Isabel National Forest, Westcliffe, CO 81069
Phone Number: +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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A true roadside attraction!

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Tampere, Finland
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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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406 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Thank Sharon O
Colorado
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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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Thank Jennifer C
Fowler, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Thank Daddyo122
Colorado Springs
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Enjoyed our trip to this interesting (and free) attraction near Rye, Colorado. The signs around the castle were a bit strange, but the structure itself is worth the trip!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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682 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Not to code at all and there are disclaimers everywhere but totally unique and such a sight to behold! Not for those scared of heights!

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Canon City, Colorado
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

AWesome castle in the mountains. Built by one man!! Started in 1969 all on a dream! You have to visit this place, watch your head as you go up or down on stairs. Enter at your own risk. If you get to meet the man responsible for building this castle... you are blessed. Just keep an open mind, he is... More 

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