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Betty Ford Gardens and Nature Center

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


Vail Nature Center

Operated by Walking Mountains Science Center Open 9:00-5:00pm daily, June 13 - September 7th

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 

Photo Safari

Free Vail Creekside Nature Tours

Wildflower Walk

Evening Beaver Pond Tour

Morning Bird Walk

S’mores and More: Family Campfire Program

Stories in the Sky: Stargazing

Scenic Story Time

Learn to Think Like a Trout

Art In Nature

Vail Valley Backcountry Hikes

VNC Directions:
Take I-70 exit 176 and head east on South Frontage Road. Turn right on Vail Valley Drive, drive for 0.7 miles and park at the soccer fields.
Walk across the street and down the trail. NEW this year you can take the in-town bus to the Nature Center stop on Vail Valley Drive! Visit the Vail Nature Center website for more information or call 970-479-2291 

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