Directions & Parking

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is located in Ford Park, Vail CO. Ford Park is a 5-10 minute walk or bus ride from Vail Village. To view the Gardens on Google Maps click HERE.

The Gardens physical & mailing address is:

522 S. Frontage Rd. E, Vail, CO 81657

Bringing the following with you will ensure your comfort:

Summer: Sunscreen, wide brimmed hat, water, and comfortable walking shoes
Winter: Warm clothes, water, and sturdy shoes/boots 

Driving Directions
Driving Directions Winter

From I-70, take the main Vail exit (#176). If coming from the east, follow the first roundabout under I-70.  Enter another roundabout or first if coming from the west, make a left, and continue driving east on the South Frontage Road until you reach the Vail Village Parking Structure.  During the ski season the Village Parking Structure is the closest parking to the Education Center. Park on the east end of the structure and walk east along the south frontage road to the west Ford Park entrance and down Betty Ford Way to the Education Center. About 10 minutes. Alternatively, the free in-town bus can be taken to Golden Peak and then cross the street to walk through Manor Vail Lodge to access Ford Park, turn left past the bridge for the Education Center. Short term parking is available at the Ford Park bus stop. 

Driving Directions Spring, Summer & Fall

Same as above or Ford Park Parking Lot is open. Continue past the Vail Village Parking Structure and you will come to a stop sign (note: traffic from the right does not stop).  Shortly after the stop sign on your right you’ll see the softball fields and tennis courts at Ford Park. Park in the parking lot next to the softball fields/tennis courts and follow the brick path to the gardens.

Public Transportation
To see a schedule for Vail’s in-town bus click HERE.

Eagle County ECO Transit to Vail runs regularly year round. Please check schedules and bus stops HERE.

Hours & Cost

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year (garden pathways are not maintained in winter). The Education Center hours change seasonally, see the homepage for current times.


There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.  Donation boxes are located throughout the gardens and in the Education center.

ADA Accessibility
The Gardens are ADA accessible; we do not have wheelchairs available. ADA parking is available in Ford Park Parking Lot or across from the Ford Amphitheater on Betty Ford Way with placard visible. Please call us for more information (970) 476-0103

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