Plan Your Visit
Bishop Castle is always open and always free! Please respect the castle and the people that live and work here. Please dispose of waste in proper containers. Please keep in mind the Castle is an open construction site – exercise the utmost caution while visiting.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the castle on their own as there are no guided tours. The best opportunities to view actual construction on the castle by Mr. Bishop are during weekends.
The local area provides numerous opportunities for hiking, picnicking, camping, eating, horseback riding, and lodging which we will be glad to tell you about.
Getting to the Castle:
The drive to Bishop Castle will take you over 9,200 feet above sea level along the Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway.
The easiest way to get to Bishop Castle is from I-25. Take exit #74 at Colorado City and head towards the mountains. (right off the exit ramp from the north and left off the exit ramp from the south) This puts you on Colorado state highway 165 and it’s 24 miles without a turn to the Castle. You will see signs for the castle as you come upon it, and there’s usually many cars out front.
The Scenic Route, from Colorado Springs, is to take Hwy. 115 south to Florence, turn left at the first traffic light onto Hwy. 67, turn right onto Hwy 96 in Wetmore and at the next junction you will see signs for Bishop Castle. Turn left there onto Hwy. 165 and it’s 12 miles.
Bishop Castle can also be reached from the Salida area by heading east on Hwy. 50 to Texas Creek and turning right onto Hwy. 69 into Westcliffe. Turn left once in Westcliffe onto Hwy. 96 and travel until you see the Bishop Castle signs at the junction with Hwy. 165. Turn right and it’s 12 miles.
For those driving from Cañon City, take CO-67 South (roughly 11 miles) to CO-96 West (just under 10 miles). Take a left onto CO-165 E and continue for about 13 miles.
Castle Keepsakes, the Gift Shop at Bishop Castle, is a main source of funding for the continued construction of the Castle, and offers a wide range of unique and informative collector’s items. Where else can you acquire Bishop Castle style Renaissance and fantasy weaponry, costuming and accessories, dragons, original ornamental iron work from the Castle builder himself, Eagle River Pewter, and much more? Open on site May through October seven days a week. Weekends November through April. Many items can be mail ordered via phone (719.485.3040) and most will soon be available here on our website.
We are proud to announce Weddings at Bishop Castle are welcome year-round for ceremonies only. Unfortunately we cannot allow receptions, private parties or the like.
The Castle, and it’s beautiful setting in the woods makes for a unique one of a kind experience for you and your guests.
As much as we dislike rules, we’ve set forth the following requirements out of respect for the Castle, our guests, and our surroundings:
• No alcohol is allowed at the Castle.
• You will not be allowed to close off any part of the Castle to the public at any time during your ceremony.
• You must provide an approved security service.
• You must reserve your date and time at least two weeks prior.
• There is no heat in the castle, and there are no facilities available for changing / dressing, nor any service or assistance in accessing the castle.
• Suggested donations for weddings at the Castle are $350.00.
If you would like more information, or would like to book a wedding, please call Mrs. Phoebe Bishop, 719.564.4366 or email us using our contact form.
School groups are always welcome at the Castle. Mr. Bishop may also be available for an inspirational talk to the class about the value of having a dream in this day and age and seeing it through. There are numerous possibilities in having your school’s activities involve Bishop Castle! There is no fee to host a school group at the Castle, however we kindly request a donation be considered for such use. Please contact us to schedule your group (719.485.3040), or email us using our contact form.
Stained Glass Memorials:
If you have visited the Castle before, you may have noticed custom stained glass memorials. This can be to memorialize a wedding here at the Castle, or to remember a loved one. Whatever your reason, these windows are beautiful and lasting expressions of love. A local artist, Del Paulson of Glasscliffe Studios in Wetmore Colorado, is the creator of these exquisite one of a kind windows, which Jim Bishop himself will then install as permanent fixtures of the Bishop Castle.
Each window can be completely tailored to your design, including choice of color, type style, and even original art can be part of your custom creation!.
For a tax-deductible donation of $300.00, with the proceeds going to the 501(c)3 Bishop Castle Foundation, you too can leave a lasting impression upon the one and only Bishop Castle!