Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This beautiful alpine botanical garden, located at the foot of Vail Mountain, is open to the public.
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FRANCIS P
Colorado Springs, CO13 contributions
Aug 2020
If you are in Vail, you should visit the gardens and also its visitors center. It is free and you can do in an hour, unless you are like me who has a degree in landscaping. I enjoyed it tremendously. I think that a little more attention should be give to maintaining the property, as a couple of areas lacked proper maintenance. but I am picky. Take and extended hike along the river from the downtown area, for a pleasant day.
Written August 13, 2020
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PIPEL1961
Parker, CO74 contributions
Jul 2021
After visiting in October 2020, I wanted to revisit in the middle of summer with everything abloom, and I wasn't disappointed. We visited with 2 grandchildren, ages 3 and 6, and they were able to enjoy it as well. Afterwards, their reward was a great playground (one for under 5, and a larger one). A great family activity.
Written July 25, 2021
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hazelblondie
Dallas, TX48 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
The garden is great for discovering different flowers and plants as well as seeing hummingbirds. I recommend using an app to take pictures and identify/save the flower names.

It is a quiet place and it’s the perfect size with benches available in case you want to sit and reflect for awhile. There is a cute store across the path with various items such as tea towels and garden accessories.
Written August 18, 2022
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stefano s
18 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Very enjoyable in a beautiful setting including the theater next door with high quality shows available durong the summer. Can be reached easily with the free shuttle from Vail. Large parking area.
Written September 2, 2020
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA565 contributions
Jul 2021
An absolutely wonderful garden to leisurely walk though. It is free which is nice given the high cost of enjoying the beautiful city of Vail. Numerous small waterfalls. Places to sit and relax in the shade enjoying the relaxing sounds of nature. It was a quick visit and we all walked away with a smile. We took so many picture of the beautiful flowers. It would have cost us a fortune to print up all of the prior to digital cameras. Take some time from the hustle and bustle of Vail and ride the free bus to the garden. You won’t regret it. Enjoy
Written July 3, 2021
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Lee C
3 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
The grounds were covered in many feet of snow, but we experienced a lovely walk on packed snow trails. The Center has snow shoes to rent, but we did well wearing our boots. We stopped at the Center and the Representative answered our questions. Their displays were informational and the current theme was hand painted alpine floral displays. The bird feeder has brought Gerald (Ford), the wild turkey mascot out for daily visits. Admission is free, but donations help them with their programs. This also has playground equipment for the young ones!
Written January 29, 2023
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Xxx
Omaha, NE3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Wow hidden gem we stumbled on in vail village area. So beautiful we are going back a 2nd day. Beautiful gardens, fabulous play area for kids. All for free although they do accept donations as it is all non profit. The views are stunning. Great for all ages. Highly recommend.
Written August 13, 2021
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lovetheoutdoors061
Oldsmar, FL118 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
My husband and I walked here from Vail Village where we were staying. Only about an 8 minute stroll along the Gore River. The gardens tell the story of stages of Alpine forests from the lowest levels to the highest. There are plant identifier signs as well as additional placards to give facts on the growing conditions etc. Fun fact: the powder on an aspen tree’s white trunk serves as a sunscreen to avoid the tree getting sunburned. We spent about an hour but bring a picnic lunch and you could spend several.
Restrooms close and clean. Small visitors center with additional information. And it is free!
Written September 15, 2021
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MKRoyalOak
Royal Oak144 contributions
Jul 2020
I know it's quirky but i always visit the botanic garden when i go to a new place, so I've seen a lot of them. This one is world-class. it's masterfully designed to make the most of its hillside. There are lots of benches to enjoy different views of the various gardens and a comprehensive representation of the local flora. i have to admit that we appear to have been there at the absolute peak of blooms so it's probably not quite as magnificent at other times of the year. But I would definitely drive out of my way to see it again, any time of the year.
Written February 19, 2021
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GMBG
Brooklyn, NY485 contributions
May 2021
We love botanical gardens -- and this is a beautiful and special place. We were there in late May as many flowers were just starting to bloom (daffodils coming up there are gone in NY). Alpine plants are usually smaller and it was great to see them in abundance. Easy to take in the whole garden in an hour or two - and a quick walkk from Vail Village
Written May 23, 2021
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