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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail

#2 of 15 in Parks in Vail
Garden · Nature / Park
Boasting landscaped gardens and superb Rocky Mountain views, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens serve as an ideal place for rest, contemplation, and relaxation. Situated at a height of 2,500 m (8,200 ft), this green space is a contender for the world's highest botanical gardens. The elevation provides a dramatic setting for the rock beds, waterfalls, ponds, and variety of alpine plants found here. Over 2,000 different high-altitude plants grow in the gardens and thrive in the unique Rocky Mountain eco-system. Little ones will enjoy interacting with displays in the children's garden. Wear sensible shoes and bring a jacket, as the temperatures here can drop suddenly. Put Betty Ford Alpine Gardens at the forefront of your travel plans using our Vail road trip planner.
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  • This is an easy walkable botanical gardens that is filled with lovely blooms and water features. They also have a smallish kids playground.  more »
  • This garden is absolutely stunning! Such a beautiful place to walk around and see thousands of flora and fauna. There environmental message is perfect and I could have spent multiple days wandering...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful alpine garden. Great place for a quiet stroll. If you ever wanted to know the names of the plants you see all over Colorado, this is the place for you. So glad we stumbled...  more »
  • Our visit wasn't very long, but it was a pleasant one. The garden areas are absolutely beautiful and the views a very pretty. It looked like they have a lot of fun events to enjoy from their calendar if one wanted to plan ahead. There were lots of walking trails that were easy enough to walk through, as well as paved areas to walk. It's a very nice venue.
  • The gardens are very lovely. It is a bit of a hike up a hill to reach the gardens, but it's well worth it. Lots of lovely views of the creek from the many bridges. And if the weather is warm there are shady places to hang out and relax.
  • Beautiful gardens. Many natural features. Learning centers for all ages. Plants are labeled. Many photo ops. Creek nearby with its own activities.
  • We visit Vail every other summer and always spend a day in Ford Park, with the Alpine Gardens being a beautiful experience every time. Free and well worth a visit. Be sure to spend some time in the education center and the small gift shop!
  • Enjoyed our stroll through the alpine garden! Plenty of shade on a hot July day, easy to walk the path & enjoy the colorful flowers & trees. If you need to avoid the stairs, there‚Äôs still plenty to see. I would bring back a picnic or even just a book to the open green space next time.

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