Bishop Castle: An attraction straight from a fairy tale

Credit- Grace McClung

As the summer comes to an end, many of us are looking for last minute trips and getaways before school. If that’s the case, look no further than Bishop Castle located on the side of a road in the town of Rye near Pueblo. The castle stands over 160 feet tall and has large rooms including a Grand Ballroom, stain glass art, elaborate ironwork, spiral staircases, a fire-breathing┬ádragon, and views that will make anyone afraid of heights.

The castle which seems to come straight out of a fairytale is also open all the time and visitors are welcome to explore everything it has to offer for free.

Builder and king of his own castle, Jim Bishop, has been creating the castle for nearly 60 years all on his own and he continues to work on it today. It’s extremely difficult to wrap your head around the fact that only one man built the entire thing by hand because of the castle’s impressive size and intricacy. While he may seem to be a bit of a closed off, grumpy man now, his enthusiasm and eccentricity are seen in all parts of the castle which made for a spectacular experience.

It only takes about an hour and a half to go through each part of Bishop Castle but you could easily spend hours there taking it all in. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen because although you might not be there for very long, you do have to walk up lots of stairs and pathways. Also, wear sneakers and be prepared for dangerous conditions. If you do not like the idea of broken stairs, limited railings, and shaky ironwork, then you might want to skip it. However, all of those things are part of the fun because it is both exciting and nerve-racking and really enhances the experience.

Exploring Bishop Castle was an incredible adventure that you really have to see to believe. For just a wacky attraction on the side of the road, I had a great time.

So the next time you head up to the mountains or want something to do over the weekend, Bishop Castle is something you shouldn’t miss.