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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail
(4.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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. Our Vail trip builder makes visiting Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and other Vail attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Walk through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a sight for sore eyes. The location of free visit is very well structured. Has own free on weekdays. Wide variety of flowers and trees. All designed with great taste.
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  • The gardens and grounds are lovely. The flora is well organized and meticulously labeled. It would be best visited in the summer months when all is in bloom. There are few winter hardy plants in the c...  more »
  • These gardens are a tribute to Mrs. Ford. Over the years we have seen them add to what they have. This is a great garden to see what grows at this altitude. 
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  • A great place to relax, enjoy nature, and bring children. There are several trails to take with a variety of different botanical examples. There are occasional benches to sit and enjoy your visit. The park nearby is also a great place to pass time and be active. The gigantic playground is a favorite of my children. For several years we would spend several hours here while waiting for a performance in the evening.
  • Excellent gardens that are peaceful but educational. Virtually all of the flowers, trees and shrubbery in the gardens are labeled so you can learn their name and family. Also be sure to stop by the education center as there is a wealth of information there too.
  • Really cool looking park, great place for anyone aged 4-18 depending on what areas of the park. Just generally a fun area
  • Fun place to go with the kids. Great playground (free). The description said stream and waterfall which we thought was going to be something our boys could play in, but it was not. It's in the little garden they have, and is a nice water feature, but when in the mountains I was expecting something we could splash around in. Other than that a fun family adventure.
  • A great place to take a stroll and enjoy the many species of alpine flora. A fantastic playground with many unique pieces of play equipment. If you have little ones, visit the education center adjacent to the playground.