Betty Ford Alpine Gardens offers self-guided snowshoe adventure
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What: Self-guided snowshoe adventure.
When: Hike takes about 30 minutes; Education Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Where: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, 530 South Frontage Road E., Vail.
More information: Call 970-476-0103.
VAIL — In the heart of winter, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ spring and summertime beauty is transformed into an entirely new world: Ice-covered trees along the snow-covered path contrast the power and fragility of nature and allow people of all ages to develop a deeper relationship with the majestic alpine world.
Rather than spending hours hiking into the backcountry, take a quick bus ride to the Gardens for a self-guided snowshoe tour. Removed from the crowds of town, the tranquil world comes to life as you tread along the banks of Gore Creek on snowshoes provided at no charge at the Alpine Gardens’ Education Center.
Learn Little-Known Facts
During the hike, which lasts about 30 minutes, enhance your engagement with the winter world with eight trail signs that share little-known information about the ancient winter flora and fauna.
The tour ends with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate or tea at the Education Center, where you can gain a better understanding of the alpine tundra and our fragile mountain environment. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the newly completed, state-of-the art building includes a cold green house and interactive exhibits of surrounding ecosystems.
To access Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, take the in-town bus to Golden Peak and cross into Ford Park through Manor Vail. If you are traveling from outside of Vail, then park in the Vail Village parking structure and walk east along either South Frontage Road or the Gore Creek Trail to the pedestrian path in Ford Park. The Education Center is located directly west of the playground. Learn more at http://www.betty fordalpinegardens.org.