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Top 4 Spots for Nature Enthusiasts in Vail, Colorado

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Vail, Colorado, is synonymous with skiing. Despite being named the “King of American ski resorts” by Forbes, however, this mountain town boasts a bevy of other outdoor activities. No matter when you're planning to visit, you'll be able to find something fun to do. Below are four of the top spots for nature enthusiasts in Vail.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
If you're searching for a unique place to stretch your legs, look no further than the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. At more than 8,200 feet above sea level, it is the world's highest botanical garden. Located at the foot of Vail Mountain, the gorgeous garden is open to the public and has planned activities for families, children, and adults. It even has a playground for the little ones to enjoy. If you're an early riser, yoga classes take place under the scenic garden waterfall. Garden tours are available in both the summer and winter so you can book one any time of year.
Vail Recreation Paths
Located conveniently in the center of Vail Village, these 15 miles of paved paths are perfect for walking or biking (you can find bike rental shops in Vail Village). Winding through alpine fields and scenic aspen groves, the paths also provide a close-up look at Vail's picturesque villages and a majestic outdoor amphitheater. Before exploring the paths, pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the many picnic benches. The adjacent creek provides a relaxing atmosphere for getting in touch with nature.
Epic Discovery Park
If you love adventure, you can't go wrong with Epic Discovery. Once summer begins, Vail Mountain becomes home to this fun-filled adventure park. With 16 activities, everyone in the family will find something they love. From zipping lining to wall climbing to an alpine roller coaster, kids and adults alike won't have a shortage of new things to try. If you're in the mood for something calmer, Epic Discovery also offers warm-weather tubing and gondola rides over the mountain.    
EagleVail Golf Club
With more than a dozen courses to choose from, you can't go wrong with a few rounds of golf in Vail. If you're used to only playing your local courses, the high altitude of Vail's courses will provide a challenge in and of itself. One of the best courses in the area is the EagleVail Golf Club, which was designed to provide a “true mountain golf experience … integrated with rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands, forests, and gardens.” 
If you're not in the mood for a full nine or 18 holes, the practice park and range provide excellent opportunities to hone your skills. With its full bar and pub-style food, EagleVail's Whiskey Hill Grill is a great a place to relax when you're done.
From the adrenaline junkie to the lover of the outdoors, there's something in Vail for every nature enthusiast. You can access all these activities from the area's many conveniently located hotels. So what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Vail today.

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