Bishop's Castle is a 0.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rye, CO that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
From Pueblo: South on 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. From Colorado Springs: South on Hwy 115 to Florence, CO. Turn south (left) on Hwy 67. Turn west (right) on Hwy 96 at Wetmore, CO. Turn south (left) on Hwy 165, heading toward Rye. Bishop's Castle is on the west (right) side of the road- approx 15 miles.
It's a very interesting place to visit. A testament to how much one human being can accomplish if they set their mind to it. With that said- I would like to reemphasize what Jim Bishop will tell you- you enter at your own risk.
The map stopped short of the actual location but if you continue driving about 3-4 miles you will see cars parked on the road, and you'll know you are there. It was scary climbing up but amazing when you get to the top. Hold on to your little ones because there are places where there aren't any railing!
Awesome place! The structure becomes progressively unstable as one works their way towards the top, but I think that's what makes this place fun!
The architecture is beautiful. Worth exploring, even if you don't want to climb the stairs to the top of the towers.
Very cool place! Super interesting history, too! Climbing the towers is super scary if you're afraid of heights, but still really fun and amazing to look at and be inside. Beautiful architecture. We also saw a large black bear on our way home, not far from there!
A little scary if you're afraid of heights but kind of nice work. Kids loved the castle.
Amazing work, it's beautiful. Worth your time to go visit.
Amazing that a single man started this project. A little scary going out on the balconys.
Cool little day trip.
Amazing! This guy has spent most of his life working on this thing without any public funding; only private donations. He is dedicated!
Unique history behind the castle. Little tiring going up all the stairs and will def test you fear factor of heights. Usually windy when I go so the top moves back and forth and you never know if you will fall or not. After about 30-45min you are done with the place and move on. Def something to see for first time visitors or if you have friends or family out of town visiting. Don't like going every year cause not much changes but if you wait 2-4 years in between visits it is cool to see the changes
Jodi L R.
Not a hiking trail but a place that can test your fears non the less. Very unique and awesome place to visit. Since the whole family couldn't come along the first time we visited we will be going back for sure. Can't say enough about this place!!
The castle is an ongoing project by a private owner who's tale is as much of the story as the castle. It is not a hike at all. It is worth a peak if your driving by but it is not a destination. I rate it as moderate because of the number of stairs.
Very interesting to explore and talk with the man building it. The kids thought it was awesome, but there are some definite safety hazards so you'll need to be on your toes with kids. Quite a bit out of the way, so I would only make the trip if I had plans to visit other locales nearby- mainly the San Isabel National Forest or driving the mountain roads on a scenic tour. Beautiful scenery!
This is not a hike but very enjoyable to see, I have been returning every two years to see the growth. Started this about 10 years ago with my boys trying to find something to do on a spring break on a single mothers budget. What a blast and fun for three boys to see and grow with as well. Castle is awesome. Last time there was last year with my husband, he has seen pictures but like he said had no idea how big this really is, pictures just don't do it justice. You have to go, but if you are afraid of heights this is not the best place to go, but the ground floor is okay for you to hang out while others enjoy the rest. Great photo shots as well.