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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Address: 183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO 81657
Phone Number: 970-476-0103
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Vail
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: This beautiful alpine botanical garden, located at the foot of Vail Mountain, is open to the public.
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This beautiful alpine botanical garden, located at the foot of Vail Mountain, is open to the public.

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Vail, Colorado
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111 reviews 111 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Do not miss these glorious gardens. So many lovely flowers and water features. Very peacuful and surrounded by the glory of the Gore Range.

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Denver, Colorado
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Very impressive rock garden and playground. If you're in need of a place for an amazing photo shoot, stop by. We were there in late October and it was nice, but I can imagine that in the summer the foliage and flowers would make the place even more beautiful.

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Prescott, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We walked the entire garden, and while it was a nice experience on a beautiful fall day, there was very little vegetation to view in October. I can see that a summer trip would give an abundance of flowers and a real feel for the different types of alpine ecosystems.

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Windsor, Colorado
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

A wonderful garden. A walking path through several areas of flora. Water features and wonderful plantings. Good parking and a great walk.

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Boone, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

You can walk to it via a well kept river trail from many rental homes and hotel rooms. Well designed and maintained with good selection of alpine plants.

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

this will be a good restful stop for the non winter visitors. easy walking and southing setting. recommend it.

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San Jose, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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