Bishop Castle

MODERATE 41 reviews
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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
26 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

walking

forest

views

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.

5 months ago

Not really a hike but for sure something to see! A sight you will remember for the rest of your life. Would not advise for small children

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Bishop castle is an amazing place to visit.

7 months ago

If you're within 50 miles of this and you don't go here you're missing out. I don't know that you'll find a castle as cool as this one anywhere in the country. Did a mention it's free. Oh and you can sleep in it over night, free. If your afraid which most people are just sit at the bottom or talk to the guy in the gift shop. Put a five dollar bill in the donation thing for giving your family a much more entertaining experience for much cheaper than any amusement park or mount Rushmore ever could.

8 months ago

sketchy at the top.

9 months ago

awesome place........free admision......please donate..... Mr bishop was a koo gentleman. .....cliimb the ladder over the walkway.......looks scary but it's not

10 months ago

Fun if you have never been

hiking
10 months 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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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.

walking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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.

walking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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!

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.

walking
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.

walking
Friday, July 10, 2015

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

walking
Monday, June 22, 2015

Cool little day trip.

walking
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!

walking
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

hiking
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!!

walking
Saturday, July 02, 2011

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.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2011

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!

scenic driving
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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.

scenic driving
Saturday, April 17, 2010

This is an actual castle being built by hand by one man who collects rock from the roadside. The Castle is huge! And you can't miss it. The first thing you see sticking out of the trees (facing the road) is a dragons head. That will make you stop and take a second look. There are usually a few cars parked along the roadside. Find a place to park and hike onto his property. Usually you just give a donation (he maybe charging a few bucks now). You get to roam throughout the castle. There are very steep and tight stairs and corridors so watch your step and your head! The main room (Cathedral) is huge with fabulous stain glass windows and a massive wood floor and rock fire place. There is a cat-walk made of expanded metal (not for the faint hearted) that connects two spires together. A friend of mine went out on it. Said it was a bit intimidating. There is a stairwell/buttress in the front. It's quite steep, use caution.
He did have a store where you can buy drinks and snacks, give a donation. At the entrance/exit he has posted how things are going with the construction and any "government issues" he might have been having. Last I heard The Castle was not "livable" because it wasn't "up to code".
It's worth stopping by, stretching your legs, and taking a break from the road.

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