About this event
Bishop Castle Tour
Join us on a picturesque drive to one of Colorado's "funkier" attractions - Bishop Castle.
Bishop Castle is an "elaborate and intricate one-man project" named after its builder, Jim Bishop, that 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. Jim 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 world's 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 lunch at 3 Margaritas in Pueblo, CO. with individual checks.
Plan to arrive at Porsche Colorado Springs (917 Motor City Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80905) at 8:00 am breakfast snacks, registration and a mandatory driver’s meeting at 8:30 am. We will depart the dealership at 9:00 am to start the tour.
Registration fee is $10 per car. Registration closes at midnight on August 11, 2021.
IMPORTANT: In compliance with State of Colorado guidelines and in order to ensure our members' safety, participants and volunteers should stay at home if they are at higher risk for severe illness, or if they are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, must stay home.