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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
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Betty Ford garden in Colorado was small, but organized by habitat. Had a few special room-sized glens with plants that enhanced each other by color or form. There were small... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
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62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Betty Ford garden in Colorado was small, but organized by habitat. Had a few special room-sized glens with plants that enhanced each other by color or form. There were small rock-garden hills and concentric circles of colors and other forms (eg fun frond ferns) that were just INTERESTING to look at or walk through. Tree areas for shade, open areas... More 

1 Thank TNewby
Evanston, Illinois
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48 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

This lovely guided snowshoe walk exceeded my expectations! It's scheduled Wednesday mornings at 10 AM. A fabulous volunteer, a master gardener herself, informed two of us on the walk about the various trees we were seeing, the different pinecones, needles and more. It was an especially stunning landscape after days of heavy snow and fun to see a variety of... More 

1 Thank CSredRidingHood
Aspen, Colorado
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

If you go by the bridge by the entrance to the parking garage you can access a great trail along the river. This will take you to the gardens and a really exceptional park for kids.

1 Thank cheforben
Rancho Santa Fe, California
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496 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Ive never been there but i hear lots of good things about it. I might be coming you soon ! Although I hope not.

Thank AlbertoMay
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

So I was a bit disappointed during a recent visit to the garden. I checked beforehand to be sure I could trek around on crutches with a ski injury and the site assured me the gardens were open 365 days a year and ADA accessible. It took quite a bit to get there and barely any part of the gardens... More 

1 Thank Rachel G
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118 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We are always interested in landscapes and this garden does not disappoint. Walking through the gardens and along Gore creek (with or without yak tracks or snow shoes) is really fun and beautiful in the winter. The plants are covered in snow and so not available. Bit the trees and shrubs are not and are beautiful! There is even a... More 

Thank Jerry O
Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

The gardens and grounds are lovely. The flora is well organized and meticulously labeled. It would be best visited in the summer months when all is in bloom. There are few winter hardy plants in the collection.

1 Thank Rougetete
Chicago, Illinois
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81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

These gardens are a tribute to Mrs. Ford. Over the years we have seen them add to what they have. This is a great garden to see what grows at this altitude.

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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This was an informative peaceful walk thru very well maintained and pretty gardens. Nice change from the hustle and bustle of the day

Thank Richard B
Friendswood, TX
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73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

A beautifully maintained garden that encourages exploration as well as a chance to sit quietly on a bench and drink in its beauty.

Thank JourneyBabe

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