Bishop Castle & Castle Keepsakes Gift Shop
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ALWAYS OPEN - ALWAYS FREE - COLORADO'S MAN-MADE WONDER
High in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of southern Colorado there stands one of the most genuine Wonders of our contemporary World. Built entirely with the two hands of ONE MAN with the support of God and a loving family, the BISHOP CASTLE is living testament to what one can accomplish in this world armed with their dreams and the determination to make them real.
Colorado's True Renaissance Castle - Experience a Roadside Attraction
Inspiring is the tale of how this 160 FOOT TALL! monument has come to be enjoyed by thousands, complete with a grand ball room, stained glass windows, and a Fire Breathing Dragon! Incredible is how folks from all walks of life and from all over the world are touched by simply being there. Jim Bishop is now 56 years young and his dream is to see just how much one man can build in a single lifetime!
On-Site Construction began in June of 1969 and has been a continuous process ever since, the summer of 2000 marks the project's 31st year. For the longest time, Jim said that he would build the castle until he turned 50, then start on the Gate-House and Castle Walls. Still enormously enthusiastic about building his castle six years later, the summer of 1999 saw for the first time a crew of volunteer laborers known as the Friends of the Castle who began stone masonry projects on the grounds separate from the castle. Jim stated that "as long as I get the credit for building the castle itself, volunteers are now being interviewed to help build the beginnings of the wall and gate-house"
Castle Keepsakes is a unique gift shop located directly across the courtyard from the castle itself, one of the most unique gift shopping experiences west of the Mississippi! Enter into a realm where you will find Bishop Castle related gifts and souvenirs, plus a wide selection of unusual and hard to find gifts, along with a gallery dedicated entirely to local area artists. Fine locally handmade Eagle River pewter, knives, jewelry, Annie Oakley perfumes and medieval memorabilia are always available. Gifts bought at Castle Keepsakes help support many local creative people and the continued construction of the one and only Bishop Castle!
LOCATION: On Highway 165 near milepost marker 12, 6 miles north of San Isabel. For information and directions 719-485-3040; 719-564-4366.
- Elevation: 9000 feet above sea level.
- Region: Greenhorn Valley - South Central, Colorado
- Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard.
- Groups Welcome: Club. Weddings.
- Group Meeting Area: Indoor room and outdoor area.
- Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year
- National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
- Museum: On site.
- Art Gallery: On site.