We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4544
+1 970-476-0103
Review Highlights
A quintessential Vail Experience

Such a fitting tribute to Mrs. Ford and a must see for anyone wanting to connect with nature. An... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Welcome Respite

If in Vail it is worth the 15-30 minute departure from the trail along the river. Even better is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Read all 565 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
This beautiful alpine botanical garden, located at the foot of Vail Mountain, is open to the public.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657-4544
+1 970-476-0103
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (565)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 563 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Such a fitting tribute to Mrs. Ford and a must see for anyone wanting to connect with nature. An impressive collection and the perfect place to admire Mother Natures gifts from all around the world. I like to bring along a picnic lunch from the...More

1  Thank AGPNCO2014
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If in Vail it is worth the 15-30 minute departure from the trail along the river. Even better is the opportunity to sit on a bench and soak up gentle solitude. FREE

Thank kansasrod
Reviewed 3 days ago

Who would think a garden stroll could be this wonderful, but it is!!! Beautiful, clean, with incredible variety and plenty of places to sit and enjoy and the nicest people to help answer any questions. Wasn't expecting much and was really wowed!!!

Thank karykemble
Reviewed 5 days ago

Probably not worth a trip out of your way, but we were walking and biking around the area. Beautiful flowers and landscaping. Doesn't take long to walk through.

Thank stephvaca
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a glorious morning we spent walking around admiring all the blooming flowers . It's beautifully laid out and there were some great little activity stations for families with younger children. The only downside was a crabby salesperson in the gift shop.... my only 2...More

Thank greekgirl29
Reviewed 1 week ago

Accessible by the free Vail shuttle bus. Probably the most beautiful botanical garden I've seen in an incredible setting. Adjacent to a large playground for kids, with lots of unique features. Also next to a spacious open grassy area for running around. Nice gift shop...More

Thank KatTexas_8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can take an easy walk from a lodge / hotel next to the garden. I can't remember the name. We dropped grandma off and parked up the pretty steep hill. We spent about an hour walking. They have stairs, ramps, or rocky paths. Beautiful!...More

Thank YearsofTravel4Fun
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have, over the last 25 years, watched this attraction expand and grow. I have watched it grow from a little garden area to an emensely beautiful wonderful exhibit. It is the one must see free thing to do in Vail, absolutely.

Thank rallay
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go here at dusk, when the light is soft and the colors of the flowers are vivid. We were lucky to be able to hear the sounds of a symphony playing outside at the adjacent Gerald Ford Amphitheater. Amazing variety of trees, flowers and greenery!...More

Thank dg011994
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked there from our condo and enjoyed strolling through the gardens. There are benches and places to sit and relax.

Thank RockyTop
Nearby Restaurants
Pepi's Bar & Restaurant
706 reviews
.73 km away
Terra Bistro
689 reviews
.59 km away
Red Lion
524 reviews
.69 km away
Vendetta's Italian Restaurant
627 reviews
.72 km away
Nearby Attractions
Vail Valley
258 reviews
.67 km away
Colorado Ski Museum-Ski Hall of Fame
125 reviews
.75 km away
Gerald Ford Amphitheater
141 reviews
.25 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
17 June 2017|
Answer Show all 9 answers
Response from lfmonroe2 | 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
Digna B
23 May 2017|
Response from Julie G | Reviewed this property |
183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail
Chandra H
16 April 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from memartin2014 | Reviewed this property |
There will be plants to see the end of May, but more later in the summer. This year there were late snowstorms. However, the Betty Ford Gardens also has an enclosed building with lots of reference material and it well... More