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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO 81657
970-476-0103
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Ranked #5 of 30 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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San Jose, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It has a very nice variety of plants and trees. Donations accepted. the gardens reflect the ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains. I think it is worth a look. Our GPS had the wrong address, it took us downtown. The garden is part of a large park along highway 70.

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New Freedom, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We had no idea what we would find on our hike around Vail. When we stumbled upon the garden, from the outside it looked ordinary, but low and behold we were in love with the variety of plants, flowers and landscaping. The volunteers have done such beautiful work on maintaining it, educating visitors and trying to engage us to come... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I had read somewhere this is the world's highest elevation botanical garden. Over the years, we have visited some very interesting and unique gardens. Each has had it's distinct personality depending on the region or country we were visiting. On a week and a half road trip through Colorado this past summer, we decided this garden warranted a few hours... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I definitely plan on visiting the gardens again, in season to see the hundreds of species that were planted. By October the frost had already hit and there were not many flowers in bloom. I enjoyed the fall colors and meandering paths. Very peaceful.

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Rome City, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We had 3 large families together at the Ford Park and the Betty Ford Alpine Garden. The kids loved the playground equipment and there were plenty of places for the adults to sit and watch. It was a great photo spot for the kids on the bridges in the garden, too.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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141 reviews 141 reviews
80 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The Betty Ford Gardens are pretty and provide a quiet escape from the activity in Vail. If you're looking for a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the outdoors, this is a great way to do that. However, we expected to see more interesting flowers. I understand that this is an outdoor garden in a cold climate, and many types... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
40 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

All the plants are labeled and there are waterfalls, bridges and lots of benches. This looked like it would be really beautiful when everything is blooming, but it was still pretty in October. Admission is free, but they take donations. This is worth a stop, but would probably be boring for kids.

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Houston
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35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We walked along the path from Vail Village to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. It was a lovely walk and the gardens were quiet impressive. Lots of man-made waterfalls, and benches to relax. The blue spruces were beautiful. A lot of the plants were marked with their names. There are a few collection boxes asking for a $5 donation per... More

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New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
3 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A great place to see. I just really enjoyed the peace and quiet of the site. It is well maintained and just beautiful.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Very nice garden tour; worth it when the weather works! Short, but wonderful gardens and hardscaping. Definitely got a lot of ideas for our own garden at home.

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