Betty Ford
Alpine Gardens

Betty Ford Way in front of the Education Center building is under construction, and we are open. The Education Center is accessible from the east sidewalk and all garden entrances are open.

The mission of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is to deepen understanding and promote conservation of alpine plants and fragile mountain environments. We are a  501(c)3 organization supported primarily by individuals and foundations. We invite you to join the community of people who support the work.

Whether you are here to gather information for an upcoming visit, want to take a deeper dive with our Science Elevated Speaker and Workshop Series, or you are looking for more information about the world above the trees, you’re in the right place. Welcome.

Science Elevated Series: A Plant Lover’s Guide to the Swiss Mountains

Featured Upcoming Event

Science Elevated Series

A Plant Lover’s Guide to the Swiss Mountains

Time: October 5 @ 4:00 pm – October 5 @ 6:00 pm

Kaj Anderson, who has explored the Swiss mountains extensively, will share the beautiful alpine plants that grow there and how he reaches these sites where few other horticulturists have been. […]

New Video: “Climate & water scientist Brad Udall views Colorado River crisis as the beginning of aridification”

Science Elevated Series

The Colorado River and Changing Climate

Water is life for mountain communities. How do the changes in climate impact the future of the Valley? Climate scientists agree that the Colorado River Basin is already much warmer and will continue to get warmer – over 1°C since the mid 20th century and potentially 2°C or more by mid-century – resulting in reduced stream flows and increased system losses. In this video, Udall explains what this means for the ecosystem and all those who depend on this critical water for life. 
Brad Udall spoke to a sold-out crowd for Betty Ford Alpine Gardens' Science Elevated Series on August 19th. Thank you to June and Paul Rossetti for their support of this important science talk!

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! Look inside!

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