Bishop Castle, Colorado Springs

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Address: 12705 CO-165, Rye, CO 81069, USA

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About Bishop Castle, Colorado Springs

Bishop Castle is an "elaborate and intricate" "one-man project" named after its constructor, Jim Bishop, that has become a roadside attraction in central Colorado. The "castle" is located in south central Colorado on State Highway 165 in the Wet Mountains of Southern Colorado in the San Isabel National Forest, southwest of Pueblo, Colorado. Bishop bought the land for the site for $450, and construction on what was originally intended to be a family project to build a cottage started in 1969 when he was fifteen. After Bishop surrounded the cottage with rocks, several neighbors noted that the structure looked something like a castle. Bishop took this into consideration and soon began building his castle. According to Roadsideamerica, "for most" of the 40 years he has worked on the castle "Bishop was engaged in a running battle with Washington bureaucrats over the rocks that he used," which came from the National Forest surrounding his property. "Bishop felt that they were his for the taking, the government wanted to charge him per truckload." That dispute has been settled. In 1996, he was challenged by the local and state government over unsanctioned road signs that pointed to the site. They settled the dispute by issuing official road signs. The site has become a tourist attraction, and Roadsideamerica.com devoted a chapter to the castle and rated it “major fun” and describing it as, "one man's massive-obsessive labor of medieval fantasy construction". But it also issued a "parent's alert" warned potential visitors that Jim Bishop is “a tough-talking man with strong, extreme beliefs, and sometimes he expresses them bluntly and loudly. If you and your children want to avoid potentially offensive rants (involving politics and race), you may want to steer clear.” In the winter of 2014-15 a dispute developed over control of the castle after Jim Bishop and his wife Phoebe were both diagnosed with cancer, and David Merrill, who Jim "considered a friend" was made a trustee of Bishop Castle. According to Westword.com website, Merrill turned the site "into Castle Church — for the Redemption, according to the Custer County Clerk and Recorder’s Office". Since then, the Bishops have "spent $20,000 trying to get a clear title to Bishop Castle, and to get Merrill’s name off all paperwork."

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  • This place is so quirky cool that it’s a must see. I’ve never been to anything like this. It’s completely private which adds to the drama as you scale the iron rod scaffolding all across the exterior of the building. Why, because you have to trust that it was built to sustain the traffic this place gets. Don’t get me wrong. This place can be plenty dangerous if you’re not careful. And I would be mindful of your kids. My kids and I enjoyed the adventure. This is definitely not for the faint of heart. But again, a must see.

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  • One of the quirkiest places I've ever been to. Enter the castle at your own risk, sign the guestbook as a liability waiver! We absolutely loved exploring all the nooks of this place. Worth the time to stop! There are donation boxes throughout the site to contribute to this amazing structure!

  • What a fantastic journey to visit this wonderful structure built from the imagination of one man! So much to see and explore through the various rooms and towers. If you get the chance to engage Jim (the builder) in conversation he will explain some of the MANY difficulties he encountered with the government. Be sure to drop a donation in the box to keep this wonderful place open.

  • Interesting place. The castle is pretty neat. Narrow stairs up the side of the structure. Owner only asks for donations and has placed personal opinions throughout the buildings and the entrance. Excellent gift shop with reasonable prices.

  • Amazing! Unforgettable! Keep your kids close, not safe to let them roam. It's OK to bring them here, as long as they are well behaved and will listen. There are places that you could easily get hurt, so visit at your own risk, but DO visit even if you don't explore every tower / scary place. You've never seen anything like this.

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