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  • We were on our way to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument and spent a few hours detour off I-25 on our way south to see this amazing endevour

    • by Dalena in Colorado
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      Enjoying Colorado’s natural beauty is a perk of living on the Front Range. But some of the man-made sites are just as cool. We took our daughters to one of those places last summer.

      A castle built by ONE man north of Lake Isabell on Colorado 165. Mr.

      Bishop began building his castle in the late 1960s. He fought many battles with the local authorities for the right to build it.

      He won and now children of all ages can enjoy the sweat of his labors. It is COMPLETELY funded by


      donations, Half of which go to his children’s charity.

      Bishop’s Castle is only partly finished but visitors are allowed to go inside and climb the steps to the towers. The large rocks have been cemented into place after being lifted by a contraption of his own devising.

      The metal trellises and stairs give the feeling of floating up the castle heights. They ARE NOT for the faint of heart.

      My husband has a fear of heights and stayed on the lower levels after an unnerving walk around the castle balcony. Granny,


      • our daughters and I climbed to the tops of the tower and the observatory, a large metal sphere that seems to float above the castle and sways slightly.

        From the heights, we could look down through the glass ceiling to a catherdral like space. We took close up pictures of the silver Dragon’s head on the front of the castle.

        There are dozens of beautiful stained glass windows in honor of patrons of this “one man’s dream”. They bathe the lower level in colored light, giving a sense of ancient sacredness.

        There is small model on the lowest level to give visitors the scope of his dream. We will definately be going back.

        It is worth the drive for a day trip or as a stop on the way to Camping in the San Isabell National Forest or Lake Isabell for fishing. We were on our way to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument and spent a few hours detour off I-25 on our way south to see this amazing endevour.

        Children of all ages will be awed at what one man CAN do!




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