Betty Ford
Alpine Gardens

Experience the Gardens by snowshoe!
Take a guided tour with a naturalist or explore on your own.

Guided tour | Tuesdays @ 10:30am
$10; includes snowshoe rental

Self-guided | Daily | 10am – 3pm
$5 for snowshoe rental

All proceeds directly support the Gardens work in horticulture, education and conservation.

New Book Release!

On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains

A new book celebrating Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, its stunning alpine botanic collections and its dedication to the conservation of high mountain plants and habitat. An informative narrative and photographic journey through one of the most beautiful and distinguished high altitude (8,200 feet) botanical gardens in the world.

When you purchase the book, you are supporting a team of scientists, educators, horticulturists, and volunteers who, together, work to conserve the alpine environment and
curate a beautiful space for Vail’s community.

Order online or stop by one of our gift shops!

“A little above the point where the timber disappears entirely, commences a region of astonishing beauty, and of great interest on account of its productions.”
Edwin James

Education Center Exhibit

From Platte to Peak

November 9 – April 30

Presenting illustrations of plant species collected 200 years ago by botanist Edwin James during the Stephen H. Long expedition. James collected 700 plant species, 140 which were entirely new to science.


This exhibit, organized by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists, intends to honor and celebrate the explorers that discovered these species.


Each scientifically accurate piece is created in traditional botanical illustration media: watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil or hand pulled prints. The resulting renderings are exquisitely detailed, able to illustrate far more detail than found in photographs.

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From Platte to Peak Exhibit

From Platte to Peak Exhibit

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