Rye, Colorado: Bishop Castle

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12705 CO-165, Rye, CO
I-25, turn west at highway 165 going northeast through Colorado City and Rye approximately 27 miles to Bishop Castle. In San Isabel National Forest near Lake Isabel.
Daylight hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Bishop Castle.

Bishop Castle

One man's massive-obsessive labor of medieval fantasy construction. May it never end.

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Bishop Castle

A stop on Roadside America's 7-day Los Angeles to New York Hypertour. Jim Bishop, man of vision and lifter of rocks, had been battling the federal government ever since he began building his dream castle on a mountainside.

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Big room, Bishop Castle. 2020

Bishop Castle

This place is amazing, and still open to the public. Bishop was not present when we visited, but unguided tours seem to be the norm. Signed the guest book, dropped $20 in the donation can, and spent a couple of hours wandering around (and up), exploring one man's monument to building one's own monument.

[S. Michael Wilson, 03/09/2020]

Bishop Castle.

Bishop Castle

Gift shop reopened. Fascinating. Wear walking shoes! Stained glass windows are beautiful. Mr. Bishop was not there. The drive to Bishop Castle was beautiful and snow covered.

[Debbie Williams, 01/29/2019]

Bishop Castle.

Bishop Castle

You can scale very high up the manmade stairs and bridges. I was too scared to walk them, but my son did. Jim Bishop is always there on the grounds, but be prepared to enter a never-ending one-sided conversation with him. He is a genuinely unique, intelligent individual.

[Jenn, 11/11/2018]

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