Adventures in Vail Colorado

by MBC

This page was written to share my own travels to Vail. I am a long time Colorado resident who loves to share information about my state. I have a series of articles on Colorado.

I love to explore and to be in natural beauty. I am very lucky to have a friend who owns a time-share. Last year we stayed in a very nice condo in Breckenridge, Colorado and took day trips to surrounding areas. One day we decided to drive up to Vail, then we also did a circular route taking us through some fabulous scenery and through the towns of Minturn and Leadville returning to Breckenridge in the evening.

So I invite you to come with me on this adventurous day. I will share what we saw and did and show some photos. Hope you enjoy it as much as my friend and I did.

All photos in this site are taken by Marsha Camblin and are copyrighted unless otherwise credited. The Introduction photo is of a piece of artwork in the form of a globe by the artist Cheryl St. John, showing the lush Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and one room schoolhouse in the Spring or Summer.

Rocky Mountains from Vail Pass

Rocky Mountains from Vail Pass
Rocky Mountains from Vail Pass

Former President Gerald Ford and His Wife Betty Loved the Vail Area

President Ford loved to ski and golf and they came to Vail often for these endeavors. First the Ford family owned a condo in the Lodge at Vail and later they purchased a retirement home in Beaver Creek which is very close by.

The People of Vail Dedicated Some Places to the Fords

One place was the Outdoor Amphitheater and another was the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Both are near the golf course. One of the garden’s claims to fame is that it is the highest botanical gardens in the United States. About 100,000 visitors annually come to this botanic gardens. We went in October and it was actually closed but we were able to walk around. It was too late in the year to see many plants except for crocus and yarrow and aspen trees. I highly recommend seeing this attraction when you visit Vail. We did get some great aspen photos while visiting the gardens, which I have made into wrapped canvases.


Aspens in Betty Ford Botanic Gardens
Aspens in Betty Ford Botanic Gardens

Photos Taken at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens - Check Back for More Photos

We were there in late October, but I definately plan to visit in the spring or summer now that I've discovered this wonderful garden.
Meditation Garden
Meditation Garden

After Leaving the Gardens We Moved on to Downtown Vail

For a couple of ladies in their 60s this is as adventurous as we get. We both used to ski in our younger years, now fall is a great time to visit Vail. We had some coffee and later some ice cream. We also visited the Ski Museum which is worth the time! Did you realize that Vail opened in 1962 and celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2012?

Downtown Vail

The 10th Mountain Brigade Was Very Instrumental in Winning World War II

Learn all about these skiers who climbed mountains without light during the night to take the hill and win the war. This photo is of a statue in downtown Vail commemorating these brave men. Do not miss the movie at the Ski Museum and learn a lot about both the 10th Mountain Brigade who trained at nearby Camp Hale. On the drive back to Breckenridge we did drive by where Camp Hale was formerly. Also learn about and see the old equipment at the museum. I am a Colorado native and during my high school years in the 1960s my parents gave me a series of 10 ski lessons. The old equipment looked very familiar.

Skiier 10th Mountain Brigade

Investigate More Things to See and Do in Colorado's High Country

Read the book best Vail valley hikes and snowshoe routes published by the Colorado Mountain Club.

Another book to enjoy about the history and development of the ski resort at Vail is Vail Triumph of a Dream. You may want to read this before you go or take it along to read when you kick back.  There is also a great ski museum to see in Vail.





Another Photo I Took on Vail Pass

Vail Pass Landscape with Beaver Ponds
Vail Pass Landscape with Beaver Ponds

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