Name of Garden:
Betty Ford Alpine Garden
History and Description:
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens was founded by a small group of Vail and Denver horticulturists. Incorporated in 1985, we began raising funds to plant the Alpine Display Garden (1987), Mountain Perennial Garden (1989), Mountain Meditation Garden (1991), and Alpine Rock Garden (1999). In 1988, the Gardens were named in honor of former First Lady Betty Ford, for her many contributions to the Vail Valley, our nation and beyond.
As the world's highest botanic garden, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is recognized both nationally and internationally. Over 600,000 visitors have come to observe its beauty, experience its tranquillity, and learn about high elevation plants and ecosystems.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
183 Gore Creek Drive
Vail, CO 81657
From east or west on I-70, take the main Vail exit - 176 to the South Frontage Road. The Gardens are located at 530 South Frontage Road in Ford Park.
After exiting I-70 you will navigate through two roundabouts. Follow the first roundabout until it takes you under I-70, you will then enter another roundabout, making a left continue driving east on to the South Frontage Road. Along the South Frontage Road you will come to a stop sign, (note: traffic from the right does not stop) shortly after the stop sign on your right you'll see the softball fields and tennis courts at Ford Park. Park in the parking lot next to the softball fields or tennis courts; follow the asphalt path to the gardens.
Admission and Hours:
Admission is Free.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is open from dawn to dusk.