The Gardens are open year round
from dawn until dusk. Please be aware that Garden paths are not maintained in Winter.

Education Center hours:
Monday – Saturday
10am – 4pm

Closed Sunday

There is no admission fee, a $5 donation is suggested

Phone: (970) 476-0103 

522 S Frontage Rd E.
Vail, CO 81657
(Next to Ford Park Playground, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and below
Ford Park Soccer and Softball Fields)

Park at Vail Village parking structure and walk east to Ford Park or take the in-town bus to Golden Peak and cross the street to walk through Manor Vail Lodge into Ford Park.


Get Detailed Directions
and Parking Information

Meet Betty Ford

Gerald R. Ford the 38th President of the United States and his wife Betty developed a passion for Vail after many family visits to this area. Betty always had a special love of flowers and gardening. She lent her name to the Gardens in 1988. Mrs. Ford was a key inspiration for the Gardens when she lived in the Vail Valley, and her spirit of generosity and commitment to the natural beauty of the Valley lives on in the Gardens. Learn more about Betty Ford

Welcome To Our Gardens

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is an internationally acclaimed botanic gardens known for its alpine horticulture, education and conservation. Located in the small resort town of Vail, Colorado which attracts a global audience for its skiing and outdoor recreation, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the highest elevation botanical garden in the world situated at 8,200’ (2,700 m) in the central Rocky Mountains. The Gardens attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually to see its unique collection of alpine and mountain plants collected from around the world.