Bishop Castle Tour

 

Drive Dates: Thursday and Saturday April 28 & April 30, 2022

Tour Distance: 130 miles

Tour Duration: 5 hours

Bishop Castle is an "elaborate and intricate one-man project" named after its builder, Jim Bishop, which has become a roadside attraction in central Colorado.  The tour allows plenty of time to explore the Castle with its many winding staircases and high walkways, so make sure you wear suitable shoes.  Bishop is quite often on site when you visit and is always open to some “lively” conversation.

Bishop bought the land for $450 at age 15 and started this on-going family construction project in 1969.  For most of the past 50 years, Bishop was engaged in a running battle with Washington bureaucrats over the rocks that he used, which came from the surrounding National Forest.  Bishop felt the rocks were his for the taking, but the government wanted to charge him by the truckload.  In 1996, he was challenged by the local and state government over unsanctioned road signs that pointed to the site.  Both disputes have since been settled.

The drive to Bishop Castle snakes down scenic Highway 115 passing landmarks such as Cheyenne Mountain, Herkimer the World’s Largest Beetle, and one of the Largest Rocking Chairs.  The drive also includes vast views of the Wet Mountains and Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range before twisting through the San Isabel National Forest and Frontier Pathways Scenic Byway.

After our visit to Bishop Castle, the tour will end with a catered lunch at the Brues Alehouse Brewing Company located on the Pueblo Riverwalk.

For those who wish to return to the Broadmoor Resort together, the tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch for a leisurely drive back to the Broadmoor Resort.  Or you can stay and wander the Riverwalk on your own.

Other local sites and interests in the area include the Lake Pueblo State Park and El Pueblo History Museum.

 

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