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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail

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#2 of 8 in Parks in Vail
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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  • Very nicely designed botanical gardens. Since we went during October there were not many plants blooming or growing. It is relatively small but made for a nice walk.  more »
  • Given the high cost of Vail, it is nice to see a free offering for families and those operating on a lower budget. The garden was well marked and had a number of interesting observations on the area. ...  more »
  • ThankfulIy strolled over to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens from nearby Vail Village, as it was one of the most beautiful and relaxing experiences I have enjoyed in a long time. Well laid-out by the arc...  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 Seemed a little out of date but that might be just me.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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