Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
At 8,250 feet above sea level, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the highest botanical garden in the United States. With numerous educational programs for children and adults, including mountain hikes, docent-led tours, classes and exhibits, the beautiful botanical gardens in Vail offer countless ways to enjoy the rare and exotic alpine wildflowers and plants.
Explore and enjoy our stunning mountain garden situated high in the Rocky Mountains. In the shadow of Colorado's Gore Range, our assortment of perennial beds, rock gardens and waterfalls dramatically display an astonishing array of the world's most unique and beautiful high elevation plants.
Come explore the stunning scenery at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
For more information and to see a calendar of events visit the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens website
A log cabin perched between an alpine meadow and the forested bank of Gore Creek houses the Vail Nature Center. This seven-acre facility, in the heart of Vail, is a tranquil gem whose knowledgeable staff hosts informative bird, wildflower and beaver pond hikes, as well as the Vail Hiking Club and has a wealth of things to do in Vail. Camp Eco Fun is heaven for children. Classes in the art and photography of nature or fly fishing are available. The Nature Center is open seven days per week Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, plus winter on a limited basis.
Summer Programs Information
Family, Adult, Children’s Programs | All Ages
Each week the Nature Center offers programs that teach based on Vail's natural surroundings. Perfect for anyone and everyone, especially families, activities include wildflower walks, beaver pond tours, star gazing, morning bird walks and more.
Camp Eco Fun | Ages 4 to 12
The Nature Center joins VRD Community Programming for a unique day-camp, which familiarizes children with the beautiful alpine environment surrounding Vail. The adventure awaits just steps from your front door. 970-479-2291
Adult and Hiking Programs | Ages 18 and Older
Join the Nature Center for a morning hike, a full day hike or the entire summer in the hiking club and venture into Vail's surrounding wilderness where you're learn about the local flora and fauna. Also learn more about Photography Classes at the Vail Nature Center, where Master Photographer Dennis Jones will teach you easy techniques and tricks that will immediately improve your photography. Reservations required. 970-479-2291
Learn to Think Like a Trout: Fly Fishing for Children | Ages 8+
The fly fishing and stream ecology program is comprised of education about ecosystem and entomology (study of insects) and introduces kids to the basic tools and skills for fly fishing. No previous experience necessary. Reservation required.970-479-2291
Youth Art in Nature | Fridays
Students of all skill levels learn how to blend art with nature including sketching, acrylics, printmaking, paper making and more. Class schedules to be determined. Reservations required. 970-479-2291
The Nature Center is located just east of Vail Village, across Gore Creek from the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and the Ford Amphitheater. Parking is available at the Soccer Field or Tennis Center. 970-479-2291
Visit the Vail Nature Center website for more information or call 970-479-2291