Plan your visit with these resources including information on hours, admissions, how to get here, and other helpful tips.

Current Hours

Gardens: Daily | Dawn-Dusk

Education Center: Daily | 10am – 4pm


$20 suggested donation per person

There is no required admission fee.

Streamline your visit – make your donation before you arrive.

522 S Frontage Road East Vail, CO 81657

ADA Accessibility
The Gardens is 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 note the garden pathways are natural uneven rock.


The Gardens is located in Ford Park, east of Vail Village and next to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, below Ford Park soccer and softball fields and across the creek from Manor Vail Lodge and Golden Peak.

The Education Center is located to the west of the Gardens, adjacent to the Ford Park playground.

From Vail Village parking structure, it is a 5-10 minute walk or bus ride east.

Walk: along South Frontage Road to Ford Park, just east of The Wren condominiums OR take the path alongside Gore Creek to Ford Park.

Bus stops: Free in-town bus to Golden Peak, walk across the street, through Manor Vail Lodge breezeway into Ford Park. Or take the bus to Ford Park (summer only) bus stop and walk past tennis courts into the Gardens. Orange, Blue or Yellow routes.


Vail Village Parking Structure: Exit 176, head east on South Frontage Road (resort side). Free in summer, fees apply after one hour in winter. The Gardens are located in Ford Park to the east of the parking structure.

Ford Park Parking Lot: Park and follow the brick path down to the Gardens. In the summer, fees may apply during events being held in Ford Park. Check the Town of Vail Event Parking schedule. 2 hours free parking in winter.

Regional Bus Information

Traveling from the towns of Gypsum, Eagle, Edwards, Avon or Minturn? Visit the Eagle County transit website for bus information.

What To Bring

  • Comfy footwear
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking water


In the summer, light refreshments and ice cream are available at the Schoolhouse Museum & Gift Shop located across from the main garden entrance. The Gardens are located within walking distance of local restaurants in Vail Village.


Pets are permitted in the Gardens. They must stay leashed and on the paths.

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Download our free Alpine Wildflowers Finder app to your mobile device. The powerful search allows you to look by common name, scientific name, or by color. Each photograph is identified with a short description to help you identify the flowers while on a hike or at home.  Works offline - perfect for your hikes off the grid. Leave those cumbersome books at home and log into your own personal digital photographic guide right from the alpine trail, no matter if you’re out of cell range.

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