This labor of obsessive love started in 1969 in what was originally to be a family cabin. When neighbors’ comments that the rocks being used made the structure look like a castle, inspiration must have struck Jim Bishop and he worked on it for nearly 60 years.
The castle has a grand ballroom, tall towers, bridges and a fire breathing dragon. One of the most amazing facts about this castle is that it was built by just one man, Jim Bishop. It is reported that each stone has been handled by Jim about six times each.
His appreciation for the lack of money most working families have is why he allows visitors to view the castle for free. There is a donation box, and these donations are what fund the project. These donations also fund the charity that the Bishop family set up to financially help local families with medical expenses that are not covered by insurance.
This is an operating construction site, so be cautious, and keep in mind the best time to see work being done is on the weekend. Please pack in and pack out, or dispose of your garbage in a garbage can. You’re welcome to bring a lunch and the local area is great for hiking, camping, and horseback riding.
One last unique feature of the castle is the stained-glass windows. They are created by a local artist Del Paulson and are hung by Jim. You can have one created for a $300.00 donation to the Bishop Castle Foundation.
Website for Bishop Castle, Cost is free, located at 12705 CO-165, Rye, CO 81069 and is open from daylight to 5pm. You may call 719-564-4366 for more information.