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The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail – the Highest Gardens in the Country

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, named in honor of the former first lady Betty Ford in 1988, is a public garden situated in the Rocky Mountains.  It is the highest garden in the United States containing a fully documented collection of an array of beautiful high elevation plants.  It contains rock gardens, waterfalls, and breathtaking perennial beds. 

Their mission is “To deepen understanding and promote conservation of alpine plants and fragile mountain environments.” with a vision “To be the premier alpine botanical garden in the world.”  Offering educational programs, mountain hikes, tours, classes and exhibits are all part of the experience here.

Admission to the gardens is free for visitors and open year round with a peak flower season from June – August. 

Guided Tours are available from 10:30 am – 11:30 am on the following days:
May 26th, May 29th, May 31st, June 2nd, June 5th, June 7th and June 9th. 

Upcoming Special Events

May 19th at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Garden Volunteer Orientation 

May 22nd at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Butterfly Launch at Lower Lawn Ford Park 

Jun 9th at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children’s Drop In Program 

The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera is located only 20 mintues from the unique Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail.  If your planning your trip to Vail make sure you include this amazing site and visit our website to view our specials and packages page to help you save on your trip. 



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