Head to these impeccable and unforgettable Pikes Peak region castles and landmarks for a taste of the royal treatment.
Glen Eyrie Castle is home to over 800 acres of stately pines and whispering aspen, lush lawns, sparkling waterfalls and majestic sandstone rock faces. The site offers tours, afternoon high teas and overnight accommodations, whether inside the castle or the nearby cottages. The castle, originally built as the home of Colorado Springs founder General William Jackson Palmer, will make anyone feel like the heir to the throne. Whether planning a grand or intimate romantic escape or family retreat, the historic site is the perfect place for a few days away.
Miramont Castle, located in Manitou Springs, was originally built as a private home in 1895. Later, throughout the 1900s, the structure was used in many other capacities. Today, the castle is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region. The museum houses four floors that total more than 14,000 square feet. Constructed of now-rare hand-quarried greenstone, it features 30 rooms, nine styles of architecture, five fireplaces and a Victorian garden. Guests can enjoy High Tea, Light Victorian Tea or lunch year-round.
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park began construction in the summer of 1929. The impressive structure held the title of world’s highest suspension bridge until 2001. Today, the highest suspension bridge in North America dangles 956 feet above the Royal Gorge and roaring Arkansas River. This Colorado wonder offers panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, thrill rides over the Gorge, a rich history and even a café platformed 1,230 feet over the base of the Gorge.
Bishop’s Castle may seem like any other castle and famed roadside attraction, except for the fact that from inception to construction, the entire structure is a single-man project. In 1969, Jim Bishop originally envisioned the land as home to a small family cottage. Once complete, it took on a life of its own. Rock after rock used from the nearby National Forest turned the small cottage into a towering, medieval structure of sheer imagination. Free and open to the public, the attraction relies on gift shop purchases and donations.