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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Beautiful

I wandered the snow covered paths & was overwhelmed by the quiet beauty. There is a great park for... read more

Reviewed January 11, 2019
kh221903
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Cuyahoga Falls, ohio
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Fun place especially in the winter!

Fun to place to play in the snow! Even in the winter ... The main center was a great source of... read more

Reviewed January 7, 2019
Weareallhere
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Shelbyville, Tennessee
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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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183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4544
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Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

I wandered the snow covered paths & was overwhelmed by the quiet beauty. There is a great park for children as well. Free snowshoes to borrow.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kh221903
Reviewed January 7, 2019

Fun to place to play in the snow! Even in the winter ... The main center was a great source of local environment info. Learned lots.Staff was super helpful.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Weareallhere
Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

I’m so glad that the Fords cared so much for the special beauty they saw in Vail that they wanted to share with others. In early spring, wear boots with traction and explore the early flowers like the crocus and other spring flowers that peek...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank kellymJ8117WC
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Delightful walk through this expensive Alpine Park. Beautiful history connected to its founding by the Fords. Many water features, bridges and alpine plants from near and far away places. Great playground! A few flowers still in bloom. Lovely place.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kibbe M
Reviewed October 28, 2018

We visited this past week and only can imagine how beautiful it wouldl be in the springtime!! Evenso it was a beautiful area of the park!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amy S
Reviewed October 21, 2018

If you are in the valley in the summer by all means go. It will take you about an hour at the most to walk through and enjoy this lovely mountain landscape.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank peggys368
Reviewed October 16, 2018

The Alpine Gardens are really a park within a park. It is located right next to the Ford Amphitheatre. By mid-October the plants are still there, but flowers are mostly gone, fountains are turned off...you get the idea. The vegetation and layout of the garden...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mark S
Reviewed October 9, 2018

We loved this place !! The kids took their bikes, ,we played baseball, discovered the creek and all ended up wet and happy !! After we had raided the girt shop, the childrens garden (which is incredible and made with great love ) the reed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Susana V
Reviewed October 6, 2018

This is a nice place to walk and enjoy the scenery or just enjoy some quiet time in a very busy area!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank moonsky74
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place to take a leisurely walk through the gardens. Great place for kids to run off energy with a super fun playground, nature center that has alot of kid stuff, and large areas to run. The views are beautiful esp with the Aspen trees....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Elaine-SouthTX
July 21, 2018|
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Response from shan262 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. Not sure. Can’t recall if I saw any but dogs are everywhere in Vail. Paths are narrow though. There is a larger park outside the gardens. I would keep em out of the flowers imo.
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June 17, 2017|
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Response from Lee M | Reviewed this property |
I agree with those who answered one hour. We did not visit with kids, but we spent about an hour in the park. I did not read every word of the interesting signs, but read enough to get the gist of them. The gift shop is... More
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Digna B
May 22, 2017|
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183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail
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Vail This October (6 Replies)
My husband and I are travelling to Vail next week, staying Oct. 8-13th. I was wondering if anyone knew of any restaurant/spa specials during this time. I was also curious if the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is worth seeing. We have never been to Colorado and know that we are going during the slow season. We mainly want to relax and do nothing! We just want to make sure there are some restaurants open! Thanks!
September 29, 2008|
Response fromvailskier|
There will be plenty of restaurants open - try La Tour, Sweet Basil, Kelly Liken, Larkspur...most do specials, just check the local newspaper (Vail Daily) or with your concierge. Also plenty of spa specials. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens would be worth a walk through, although it is definately off-season and probably won't have too much.