Rent a Car to Tour Yellowstone and See the Sites

Enjoying Yellowstone with a Car Rental

AWD Rentals is a local car rental company near Yellowstone with the best 4-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle options. We offer an affordable car rental option when visiting Yellowstone and offer a quick, easy booking experience.

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The majority of travelers bound for adventure in the great American West, find themselves arriving at Salt Lake City International Airport as the “go to” location when looking for a car rental near Yellowstone National Park. From Salt Lake City Utah, our customers will have a choice between five entrances to the park when putting the final plans together for a self- guided Yellowstone car tour: North Entrance, Northeast Entrance, South Entrance, East Entrance and West Entrance. Let’s take a quick glance at what you can expect to encounter within these five options.

North Entrance

Gardiner Montana boasts the slogan “Natures Favorite Entrance to Yellowstone National Park”, positioned in the heart of Yellowstone’s Northern Mountain range between the Absaroka- Beartooth Wilderness to the north, and the Custer / Gallatin National Forest to the west. When visiting Yellowstone by car, it is notable to take into account the authentic Western towns your journey takes you through on your way to your final destination of Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner, Mt itself, being a place of enchantment.

Having all the amenities of a big city, Gardner, Mt is not shy to let visitors know that there is NO big box corporate stores located within their town. A local feel of hometown hospitality only adds to an All-American nature tour our customers seek when visiting an area like Gardiner that boasts the most diverse collection of large wildlife species within the lower forty-eight states; animals like wolves, bison, pronghorn sheep and grizzly bears to name a few.

After having your fill of Gardiner, MT, steer your AWD car rental toward the gateway of Roosevelt Arch and you will find yourself well on your way again to seeing Yellowstone by car. In 1903, Teddy Roosevelt dedicated the arch by laying the first cornerstone. It was originally built as a symbolic (and literal) demarcation to officially arriving in Yellowstone National Park, the high arch construction built specifically to allow horse and oxen-drawn covered wagons to pass underneath.

Access through the North Entrance will take you to the awesome Mammoth Hot Springs, the historic Yellowstone hotel and dining room and the Boiling River – one of only two sanctioned swimming areas in the park where hot springs meet the Yellowstone River. Continue on until you reach Lamar Valley. This picturesque place has been referred to as the Serengeti of the United States. This is where the first two wolves were re-introduced into the park in the mid-nineties and is also home to bison, elk, grizzly bears and black bears to name a few.

If Gardiner, MT is a destination stop on your way to Yellowstone National Park, be sure to check out everything it has to offer at Next up…..

Northeast Entrance

Inaccessible during winter months, you might feel like you have just taken flight in your Yellowstone car rental as you corner the jaw-dropping alpine vistas of Beartooth Pass, each ascending turn more magnificent than the prior. Take your time and soak up the sites before dropping down into Cooke City and Silver Gate City for a fuel re-fill and stock up on necessary traveling supplies.

From another vantage point of Lamar Valley in your Yellowstone car tour, ponder the vast ecosystem of Yellowstone National Park, an authentic impression of what it must have been like for the first settlers in the area over 150 years ago. Driving on…..

East Entrance

Before reaching the east entrance to Yellowstone, you will find yourself about fifty miles away in its closest city, the historical town of Cody, Wy; named after the iconic Buffalo Bill Cody himself.

Cody Wyoming is a must-see destination if your Yellowstone car tour takes you through the east entrance of the park. Cody bustles with daily summer rodeos, an incredible museum coined the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and its historic downtown offers numerous activities that are family friendly. It just might be worth your while to pencil in a couple of days in this Western throw-back American town in order to save up a few priceless memories for your family’s history album.

About six miles outside of Cody Wy, Yellowstone by car will take you right past the enormous Buffalo Bill Dam (great place for site seeing) and onto the park itself where you will run smack dab into Yellowstone Lake; the largest lake in the world at 7,733 feet. With its geothermal- dotted shoreline, Yellowstone Lake stretches twenty miles long and fourteen miles across.

From the lake, pick your pleasure and head south-east to Old Faithful or north to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Rest assured, whichever entrance you chose, a car rental near Yellowstone will always leave you feeling closer to nature and the American West.


South Entrance

Our customers who opt for a Yellowstone regional airport car rental will find that the best entrance to Yellowstone is the south entrance.

Some people say two is better than one. From the south, plan on traveling through Grand Teton National park on your Yellowstone by car tour. Take some time and float down the Snake River with Teton Floats and Fly Fishing or feast your eyes on the abundant wildlife and breath-taking views of the Grand Teton mountain peaks. Cruise on up another twenty miles or so until you find yourself in the West Thumb Geyser Basin where you can stretch your legs and do some exploring outside of your rental car, but inside Yellowstone National Park.

West Entrance

The most convenient entrance from Salt Lake City Utah during your car rental near Yellowstone National Park tour is the west entrance. If natural geysers are a must see on your too do vacation list, the west entrance does not disappoint. A short fourteen-mile cruise down US 20 in your new Subaru Outback, Kia Sorento, Jeep Wrangler or Toyota, and you will find yourself in downtown Madison; the most popular take-off tour starting point for geysers in Yellowstone National Park. Fountain Paint Pot, Firehole Lake Drive, Great Fountain Geyser and Old Faithful are a few of the awesome geysers you can enjoy on your Yellowstone by car tour.

If you’re ready to take a break from all the park has to offer, enjoy a change of scenery in the town of West Yellowstone. Minutes from the entrance is the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, an IMAX theatre and many convenient camping places to park your AWD Rental and just relax with family and friends. West Yellowstone also boasts of a small, seasonal regional airport. A West Yellowstone airport car rental can be arranged for customers with a specific request to arriving at a closer airport for their vacation.

Need a Car Rental Near Yellowstone National Park? Contact AWD Rentals Today

Thanks for exploring a piece of what AWD Rentals has to offer for your vacation. We hope to see you at the airport so you can be on your way and see in person what the American West has in store for you! We offer Yellowstone National Park car rental from our location in Salt Lake City.

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