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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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  • Betty Ford garden in Colorado was small, but organized by habitat. Had a few special room-sized glens with plants that enhanced each other by color or form. There were small rock-garden hills and conc...  more »
  • This lovely guided snowshoe walk exceeded my expectations! It's scheduled Wednesday mornings at 10 AM. A fabulous volunteer, a master gardener herself, informed two of us on the walk about the various...  more »
  • If you go by the bridge by the entrance to the parking garage you can access a great trail along the river. This will take you to the gardens and a really exceptional park for kids. 
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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.