Wetmore, Colorado: Bishop Castle

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

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Bishop Castle.

Bishop Castle

Amazing castle, unbelievable that it's all man made by one man. 50 years of work. Awe-inspiring. Parking is just alongside the highway in both directions.

[Lala Adams, 07/26/2017]

One of the towers.

Bishop Castle

There are some high towers with amazing views if you aren't afraid of heights.

[Chris Sack, 03/26/2016]
Bishop Castle

Bishop Castle, the one-man project of obsessive builder Jim Bishop, is no stranger to controversy. Its latest drama involves the claims of David Merrill, who says he now owns the castle with the blessings of Jim. Jim's wife, Phoebe, says that Jim was duped into signing papers that he hadn't read (Jim has been sick).

Merrill says he intends to keep the Castle open as a free attraction, but he also says that he has changed its name to the unwieldy "Castle Church for the Redemption of the Office," and that he plans to bring in laborers to finish its construction, a radical change from the one-man-castle-builder ethos of Jim Bishop.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 06/08/2015]

Update: As of Oct. 2015, the Bishop family says that it has retaken the Castle and ousted Merrill. Its successful weapon was the legal system, not a battering ram or a trebucet .

Bishop Castle.

Bishop Castle

This place is fantastic -- the tower is over 160 ft tall. At the very top one person can stand on a 1 ft. deep by 2 ft. wide iron step and feel the structure sway in the wind. Definitely an adrenaline rush that'll have your legs shaking a bit!

[Ryan Haag, 05/26/2014]

Bishop Castle.

Bishop Castle

We look for the back roads to travel and we weren't disappointed. Taking Hwy 165 off I-25, we drove winding roads amid towering cliffs and trees, with several wildlife sightings.

Bishop's Castle appeared suddenly as we rounded a curve and the joy of discovery excited all three generations in our car. We would have spent more time there had the weather been better, but the cold wind and snow were not conducive to climbing the narrow, steep steps and wandering around the open grill work at the top. I will certainly return when it is warmer!

Suggest potty stop at a modern convenience station prior to arrival.

Jim Bishop is frequently working at the site. Although many taunt him by asking inflammatory questions, he responds gently to kind words. Wish him a happy day and drop a few dollars in the donation box to help the castle grow.

[Gypsy at Heart, 01/18/2010]

Bishop Castle

Address:
12705 CO-165, Wetmore, CO
Directions:
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.
Hours:
Daylight hours. (Call to verify)
Phone:
719-485-3040
Admission:
Donation
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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