Glen Eyrie is a 67-room English Tudor-style castle built by General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs
. This house was his dream home and is near Colorado
Springs in the northwest foothills north of the Garden of the Gods
rock formations (now a city park). After building a large carriage house, where the family lived for a time, Palmer and his wife Mary (Queen) Mellen built a 22-room frame house on the 800-acre (3.2 km2) estate.
Glen Eyrie is a 67-room English Tudor-style castle with 24 fireplaces. The castle was advanced for its time, featuring a primitive intercom system, and a chimney system that would hold the smoke until the wind was blowing in the right direction to take the smoke out of the valley. Glen Eyrie is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The castle is now owned by The Navigators. The general public is allowed on its grounds Monday through Thursday (9-4) to visit its bookstore, located at the Carriage House. Tours of Glen Eyrie Castle are available to the public and require an advance reservation.Glen Eyrie is also a conference and retreat center that hosts many Christian conferences and programs. The property in the enclosed valley is also available for use by groups for meetings, receptions, and retreats.