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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail

4.7
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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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  • This is a beautifully maintained garden with ponds, bridges, and waterfalls. Plenty of benches to sit, relax & enjoy the fresh air. The flowers are truly amazing.  more »
  • Outstanding botanical display. Educational and so pleasant. Beautifully maintained and showcased to represent the range of alpine plants. Do not miss!  more »
  • Cannot say enough good things about this park - lovely craft shop, gorgeous gardens, big lawn for picnic, huge playground for kids, great hiking trails, fresh water creek and bridges - close to Ford A...  more »
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  • Really great place to walk around on a nice day. In late May there were quite a few flowers in bloom and looked like there will be many more in a few weeks. The garden is not very big but well laid out and free.
  • Pleasant atmosphere, great views. Interesting amphitheatre. Seemed a little out of date but that might be just me.
  • Great gardens and amphitheatre....very calm and relaxing to walk through while the kids play on the jungle gym...
  • This is a lovely and free botanical garden just walking distance from all the shops and restaurants.
  • Pretty gardens and fun play place for kids. Free too!

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