Getting Around Yellowstone
The best way to get around Yellowstone is by car, especially as there is no public transportation system. You can rent a car at any of the nearby airports, including the Salt Lake International Airport (SLC) in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in Jackson, Wyo. However, that doesn't mean that you should spend your entire vacation behind the wheel. Each of Yellowstone's five regions has an area to park, allowing you to leave the car behind and explore on foot. Guided tours are also available.
|Car||A car is necessary for visiting different regions and attractions. Yellowstone consists of 300-plus miles of paved roads that make getting around fairly easy. Roads often close for heavy snowfall, so it's best to check ahead if you are visiting during the winter. If so, your primary mode of transportation will have to be skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles. You can rent a car from any of the airports that service the park.|
|Bus & Shuttle||
There are several companies that offer guided bus and van tours of the park from the park's visitor areas and gateway communities like West Yellowstone, Mont. Consider the "Yellowstone in a Day" tour -- offered by Xanterra Parks & Resorts -- which hits all the major sites. There are also shuttles to and from nearby communities like Bozeman, Mont. and Jackson, Wyo.