The Story of the Gardens

Summer Public Tours

Public tours are available Memorial Day - Labor Day on every day except Fridays and Sundays, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Please meet your guide at the Education Center and plan to arrive 10 minutes early. Tours max at 15 guests, buy your ticket beforehand to ensure your spot. $10 per person.

Self-guided Tours

In summer, look for brochures at the Gardens entrance kiosk describing self-paced tours focusing on different themes in the Gardens.

Winter Snowshoe Tours


Winter Tree Trail
Tuesdays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

A Gardens naturalist will take you on an easy guided snowshoe tour. Turn your eyes up to the trees to understand their role in the mountain ecosystem. Warm up afterward with a cup of hot chocolate and engage in drop-in activities available in the Education Center. Sign up online to secure your spot and  plan to arrive 10 minutes before your tour and dress warm.

Cost: $10 Includes snowshoe rental.

WEDNESDAYS 10.30 - 11.30AM

This intermediate tour will wander through the riparian ecosystem of Gore Creek and learn about some of the early Vail settlers. Explore the local environment and discover alpine animal and plant adaptations. Warm up afterwards with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the winter exhibit at the Education Center.

Sign up online to secure your spot and arrive 10 minutes in advance.

Cost: $10 Includes snowshoe rental.


A self-guided Tree Trail snowshoe tour is available mid-December through March, daily 10:00am–3:00pm. Snowshoes and poles are available at the Education Center in adult & youth sizes. Snow permitting. Cost: $5 rental.

Private Tours

Available for groups up to 40 persons from June through early September. The tour will wind through the botanical  gardens and end at the  Schoolhouse Gift Shop in the Children’s Garden. You’ll learn about alpine flora and mountain environments, identification, and the history of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Vail. 

Tours begin at the Education Center and last roughly one hour.

Pricing: $200
Includes up to 10 people
Each additional guest is $20/person

Please fill out and submit the form below. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens staff will contact you shortly.

Tour Request
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