Elevating the science of plants


The mission of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is to protect the alpine environment through education, conservation and living plant collections.

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. 

While a stunning place to visit there is much more to this Garden. Each year a new education exhibit will surprise even the most knowledgeable visitor and you will learn about the scientific work being accomplished in the alpine to save the fragile species that call it home.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in the Snow

Plan your visit

It's winter time at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The Gardens and Education Center are still open to explore and our winter programming schedule is underway. Snowshoe trails are ready for you to enjoy the winter stillness and our botanical illustration exhibit is installed in the Education Center. Visit and enjoy a hot chocolate to warm up.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Alpine House


The outdoor gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. The Education Center is open daily  from 10am-4pm. 

Nick teaching at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

nick courtens fund

Sharing his knowledge with the community was part of the vibrant fabric of the Gardens' late Curator of Plant Collections, Nick Courtens. Read more about the plan to honor him.

Featured Event

Colored pencil drawing of flowering thorny plant

Rocky Mountain High! ExhibitOngoing

Are you missing alpine plants while they are covered with snow? Their beauty will be displayed in the juried exhibition Rocky Mountain High, by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens has partnered with the RMSBA to illustrate 40 examples of Colorado’s smallest and toughest plants in amazing detail. The exhibit […]
01 Nov - 01 Apr
All Day
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Only a few copies of first printing still available for $45

"On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains" Book Cover - Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

On the Roof of the Rocky Mountains

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

Limited number of first printing copies available for only $45. Purchase at the gift shop, the Education Center or order online below.

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