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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO 81657
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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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Cheraw, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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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342 reviews 342 reviews
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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New Hampshire
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246 reviews 246 reviews
139 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We had tried to go here the evening we arrived, but since there was going to be a concert later that evening, they had all the parking blocked off. I imagine you could still pay the $10 event fee to park and still see it, but we decided to wait and do it another time. We dropped by on our... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We found this when looking on'Things to do in Vail', otherwise we wouldn't have known it was there. Such a peaceful place with lots of beautiful flowers and paths to follow. Apparently the highest alpine gardens in the world. I was pleasantly surprised by how much the Fords did for the community. They make great use of the amphitheatre as... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a beautifully planned and cared for garden with an amazing array of plants and flowers. Nice children's learning area, playground adjacent, and easy to walk pathways throughout. We took stunning photos here.

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Eagle, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The gardens are a spectacular opportunity to see the best of our mountain flora. Design and variety complement this healthy display of plants. Recommended for the garden specialist and the nature lover, you can play for hours in this amazing garden. Bring a picnic and your Grandchildren to enjoy the playground next door.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

When family comes to Vail, we take a stroll through these beautiful gardens. The plants are profuse and in late spring, the master gardener Nick prepares the beds for annuals and more perennials. The gardens are planted for various types of flowers. there are water pools, rock gardens, desert gardens and others to enjoy. On Thursdays in the summer, there... More

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very Pretty! When visiting Vail, a very nice place to go and the price is right! Great photo ops! Just a short walk and very nice, from the Village of Vail.

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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This nature area was just a short walk outside of town and offered beautiful mountain gardens to walk through. It was not crowded at all and had lots of places to take beautiful scenic photos

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Denver, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is the finest alpine garden we have visited anywhere. A peaceful walk in the garden plus a few minutes on one of the many benches provides the perfect relaxation in this somewhat frenetic community.

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