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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO 81657
970-476-0103
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Ranked #4 of 29 attractions in Vail
Type: Gardens
Description: This beautiful alpine botanical garden, located at the foot of Vail Mountain, is open to the public.
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Stunning and the whole family could explore the outdoors together. Do not miss the Alpine Gardens! Activities include a treasure hunt, a discovery cart for the kids, chefs in the Gardens, Yoga in the Gardens and more.

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Vail, Colorado
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Head to the beautiful peaks rising East of Vail. Take the kids and let them play in the park next to the gardens. Enjoy the alpine environment with rare beauties such as the state flower, lupine, ground cover and small dainty flowers

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Hudson, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

A very beautiful and tranquil spot within walking distance of Vail Village! The setting of this botanical garden is a nice little stroll but of course you can sit down and enjoy God's creation at it's finest! The flowers are beautiful and a great photo spot. There's an amplitheater there too but we didn't visit it because we didn't hvae... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This little garden is not so little - around every corner we found another great little spot to sit on a bench and enjoy the flowers and foliage. There is a suggested donation but no formal admittance fee. There were very few people there the afternoon we stopped by. It was peaceful and energizing.

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Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Beautiful and detailed garden provides a relaxing retreat. Complex display of plants that are well labeled. Plenty of benches to sit on to relax and reflect while listening to waterfalls. Visited in October after a snowfall and while there were few blooming plants, the beauty of the garden remains in the design of the landscape, creative use of rocks, water... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Well maintained gardens (remember, it's alpine, don't be expecting tropical, lush gardens) are a nice walk. Don't forget to walk the nature trail along the creek, very peaceful and a slice of Colorado close in.

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We visited these gardens in late September and enjoyed the scenery. Late September is probably not the best time to see the gardens, but it was worthwhile to spend time there. The gardens are a short walk from Vail center. Not too many flowers when we were there. I would like to come back in the Spring or Summer.

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Granger, Indiana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

These gardens display well identified plants that grow all over the world in Alpine regions. Beautifully landscaped. Places to sit and listen to waterfalls and just enjoy the beauty.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

It is free and beautifully maintained. Nice stop on our bike ride down the Vail pass. There are restrooms that are immaculately clean, like all of the public restrooms in Vail. No food for purchase or a place to picnic though.

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Allen, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Pretty and well developed garden. Smaller than we expected as compared to other botanical gardens we visited.

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