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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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Address: 183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4544
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+1 970-476-0103
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This beautiful alpine botanical garden, located at the foot of Vail...

This beautiful alpine botanical garden, located at the foot of Vail Mountain, is open to the public.

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Beautiful setting, educational nice park. We went on several occasions during our week in Vail. Adds some substance to Vail.

Reviewed 30 June 2016
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Woodinville, Washington
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Woodinville, Washington
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Beautiful setting, educational nice park. We went on several occasions during our week in Vail. Adds some substance to Vail.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

These alpine gardens have a lovely array of plants from around the world. Nearby there is a 1922 schoolhouse that has been made into a small museum and gift shop.

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Thank Becky N
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Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

This was a beautiful and delightful find in Vail. So glad we took time to visit it. It had plants and flowers that bloom in alpine conditions many of which were miniatures of flowers back home. It made us feel peaceful.

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Thank Lespadg
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

I stumbled upon the Alpine Gardens, but was so happy I did. I come to Vail several times a winter, and never really thought about summers in Vail. Well, I finally planned a Colorado hiking trip, and had to put Booth Falls on the list enroute to the Aspen-Snowmass area from Denver. After a pleasant morning hike to the falls,... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Worthwhile stop in Vail. Beautiful flowers and wide variety of plants and trees. And very educational. Relaxing benches in the shade in the garden made for a nice respite.

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Wonderful stroll thru manicured gardens of the world. See plants from other high elevation areas of the world. Nice garden for kids. Doesn't take long to see unless you want to just sit and enjoy the flora and waterfalls.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

My wife and I are avid gardeners and just loved this place. There were alpine and non-alpine flowers and plants from all over the world in a gorgeous setting, with waterfalls and a little old former school house now a garden shop. The trails would be almost all handicap accessible. There were some areas that had stone steps, but not... More 

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Colorado
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

Many people who visit Vail miss one of the hidden gems, the Betty Ford Gardens. If you are at all a plant lover or just looking for a relaxing walk on a beautiful Vail day, it's well worth the time and effort. The gardens are easy to get to either by free Vail shuttle bus or walking. I recommend a... More 

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Windsor, Colorado
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Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

So glad we listened and visited the gardens. Very unexpected and wonderful! Nice and quiet and liked the different areas. The amphitheater was closed due to rehearsal but I can imagine attending a concert there would be amazing.

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Bakersfield, California
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

My first impression was that the garden was tiny, but then I realized that it extends significantly beyond the visitor center. The garden is nicely laid out for a leisurely stroll. The sub areas make nice groupings, and the variety of alpine plants on display is large. For education or just for aesthetics, the garden is worth the visit if... More 

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