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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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Denver, Colorado
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101 reviews 101 reviews
34 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The gardens here are just lovely and if you have young children this would be such a lovely place to visit as it is free (always a bonus) but also large, lots of space to run around and explore as well as there is a great sized playground area for children. There is also a large grassed area here if... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you are looking for a place to spend an hour without spending any money in vail this is a good choice. Nice walking path around the garden with some dirt paths for you to explore around. The plants seem to just be tossed about with no real cohesion to the gardens. It is a very nice little walk around... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a very beautiful garden, an easy walk from Vail resorts and well worth the stroll. Beautiful display of various alpine flowers and trees, very peaceful.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Since marihuana for recreational use is legal in Colorado I decided to tried it and afterwards relaxing in this great natural space. You can play frisbee, watch the sky, walk in the beautifully decorated aisles of flowers, and sleep. It's an aesthetically perfect experience.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Ford garden is my favorite place in Vail. If you are remotely interested in gardening or photography, or people watching, this is the place.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The gardens are absolutely gorgeous. There is a nature preserve staffed by young environmentaliists. It is a must see in Vail in the summer.

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Lakeway, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lovely stroll through the garden/park, and along the mountain stream that flows through it. Would have loved to have attended a concert at the adjacent Gerald Ford Ampitheater but there were none scheduled while we were there.

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Canada
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4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Certainly worth the trip. It's not a large property, but many beautiful plantings that are geared to bloom throughout the growing seasons. Try to combine it with a concert at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater, as they are both situated nearby.

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Cheraw, South Carolina
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

A very delightful surprise...the garden is very well labelled for plant aficionados and gardeners. Wonderful place to get ideas for rock gardens, water features. Lots of steps. It's a much bigger garden than it may initially appear with paths through trees and around various plantings and beds. Plenty of benches and shade, as well as cover from afternoon showers. A... More

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Dallas
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Even in August the gardens were full of blooming beautiful and unusual flowers. The setting is beautiful with huge boulders and rocks so naturally placed. Pond, waterfalls and winding trails and attention to details make this a really pretty garden.

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