For nearly the last 60 years this amazing Colorado castle has been under construction. Literally being built by just one man, Jim Bishop. Obviously, this castle has been named after its builder. The Bishop Castle has three full stories of interior rooms complete with a Grand ballroom. Towers that pierce the sky with connecting bridges that provide you jaw dropping vistas, and a FIRE BREATHING DRAGON. What? Yes, you read that right. For an amazing adventure and an unforgettable experience put visiting the Bishop Castle on your adventure list.
We all love things that are cost little to nothing. Bishop Castle is free and always open! However, there is a gift shop, which is a main source of funding for construction. Jim Bishop also has a donation box. Stop by the gift shop and/or donate a few buck to the cause. I think you will also believe it is worth it.
At Your Own Risk
Visitors are encouraged to explore the castle on their own (and at their own risk) as there are no guided tours. I encourage you to learn more about Jim Bishop’s story and his castle here before you visit. You can find and visit this amazing structure of iron and stone just outside of Rye, Colorado.
Elevation 9,200 Feet!
The drive to Bishop Castle is beautiful. Taking you over 9,200 feet above sea level along the Frontier Scenic and Historic Byway. At this elevation Altitude Illness is a real risk if you have yet to acclimate to a higher elevation. Drink plenty of water and read Preventing Altitude Illness. You may also consider purchasing some supplemental Oxygen.
Getting to Bishop Castle
Here is the good old Google Maps location and link for directions from your current location. If you prefer some good old school directions, check those out below.
From Interstate 25
Take exit #74 at Colorado City and head towards the mountains. (right off the exit ramp from the north and left off the exit ramp from the south) This puts you on Colorado state highway 165 and it’s 24 miles without a turn to the Castle. You will see signs for the castle as you come upon it, and there’s usually many cars out front.
Scenic Route From Colorado Springs
Bishop Castle can also be reached from the Salida area by heading east on Hwy. 50 to Texas Creek and turning right onto Hwy. 69 into Westcliffe. Turn left once in Westcliffe onto Hwy. 96 and travel until you see the Bishop Castle signs at the junction with Hwy. 165. Turn right and it’s 12 miles.
From Canon City
For those driving from Cañon City, take CO-67 South (roughly 11 miles) to CO-96 West (just under 10 miles). Take a left onto CO-165 E and continue for about 13 miles.