Plan Your Visit
522 S Frontage Road East
Vail, CO 81657
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.
The Gardens | located in Ford Park, next to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, below Ford Park soccer and softball fields and across the creek from Manor Vail Lodge.
Education Center | located to the west of the Gardens, past 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 past The Wren. OR take the path along Gore Creek
Bus stops: Golden Peak, walk across street, through Manor Vail Lodge to Ford Park
Ford Park, walk down into the park
Vail Village Parking Structure: Exit 176 on South Frontage Road. Free in summer, fees apply after two hours in winter. The Gardens are located to the east of here.
Ford Park Parking Lot: SUMMER ONLY. Park and follow the stone path down to the Gardens. Fees may apply
WHAT TO BRING
Wear Comfy Footwear
In the summer, light refreshments and ice cream are available at the
Schoolhouse Museum & Gift Shop.
The Gardens are also located within walking distance to local restaurants.
Colorado Botanist Explorers outdoor exhibit
2020 is the 200th anniversary of the Long Expedition, the first scientific exploration of Colorado that included botanist Edwin James. He, and those that followed, opened up the stunning world […]
“Alpines: Conquerors of the Cold” Visitor Center Exhibit
The harsh alpine ecosystem is too brutal for trees to live. Explore intimate photographic portraits of survivors, from lichens to pikas, that have evolved strategies to endure in the world's […]
Chef Simone Reatti of La Nonna will be our guest as part of the four-part series of cooking demonstrations featuring some of the valley's most celebrated chefs, designed to inform […]