Bishop Castle

MODERATE 25 reviews
#16 of 86 trails in

Bishop Castle is a 0.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Beulah, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

0.1 miles
0 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




historic site

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.

3 days ago

This is NOT a hike. Even so, I am glad it popped up on this app bc I never would have found it otherwise.

Bishop castle is a man made castle in the middle of San Isabel National Forest. It is AMAZING. If you're looking for something unique and magical, this is it. One man built the structure all by himself and it is wildly impressive.

29 days ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

I love heights so I adored exploring every bit of the castle. It's the perfect place for an adventure, and the drive there is beautiful. I don't recommend it for small children, because it wouldn't be as enjoyable. It was pretty windy, and I've heard it almost always is.

7 months ago

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

11 months ago

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!

Monday, May 09, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

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!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The architecture is beautiful. Worth exploring, even if you don't want to climb the stairs to the top of the towers.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

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!

Monday, September 14, 2015

A little scary if you're afraid of heights but kind of nice work. Kids loved the castle.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Amazing work, it's beautiful. Worth your time to go visit.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Amazing that a single man started this project. A little scary going out on the balconys.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cool little day trip.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Amazing! This guy has spent most of his life working on this thing without any public funding; only private donations. He is dedicated!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

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

Monday, March 26, 2012

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!!