5 Gorgeous Castles You Can Visit in Colorado
Colorado is known for its majestic mountains and fairy tale-esque ski towns, and if you really want to feel like royalty, you can visit these five castles found throughout the Centennial State too.
Since being built at the corner of 16th and Race on Denver’s Capitol Hill in 1889, (by the same architect who also constructed the famous Unsinkable Molly Brown House), Castle Marne has had six different owners. It sat vacant for many years, but nowadays, it's been converted to a bed and breakfast, and offers beautiful rooms fit for a king or queen. Several other seasonal events take place here during the year, and it makes for a very romantic wedding venue too.
Bishop Castle is a renown roadside attraction, built entirely by one man, over the course of 60 years. Visitors are always welcome free of charge, and the unique castle, located in the San Isabel National Forest in Southern Colorado, is always open.
Whether you visit the Glen Eyrie Castle for a tour, tea time, or to stay overnight, you're in for an extraordinary experience. Set on 700 acres, the founder of Colorado Springs built this mega-mansion in 1871, and it remains a peaceful haven for guests of all kinds today.
Located about 15 miles west of Denver, the Dunafon Castle is actually a residential property, but is occasionally used for weddings, corporate benefits, and private gatherings. The castle was completed in 1941 and consists of fourteen rooms, four baths, seven closets, a four-car garage, and last but not least, a 25-foot-long metal, mechanized fire-breathing dragon. The owner of Dunafon Castle is definitely livin' large!
Now a museum, the Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, was once the home of Father Jean Baptist Francolon, a French-born Catholic priest. The Victorian castle was built in 1895, and has been added to National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcome to stop by and tour the 42 rooms and beautiful gardens, which according to staff and previous guests, is reportedly said to be haunted.