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Bozeman, Big Sky, and Bozeman Airport Car Rentals

Explore Rentals is Bozeman’s original independent car rental and outdoor gear rental agency. For over 10-years, we have been providing visitors of Bozeman, Big Sky, and Yellowstone National Park superior 4WD rental cars that have kept them comfortable and safe.

We are a brick-and-mortar rental car agency located just a mile east of the Bozeman Airport, founded in 2010. Explore Rentals has the largest off airport fleet in Bozeman, and is the only rental car agency that guarantees 4WD and snow tires in the winter.

Our reviews going back over a decade can be found on Google, Yelp, or Facebook. Or, if you want to talk to one of our pros, in Bozeman, we can do that, too: 406-922-0179.


Timra JerkinsTimra Jerkins
13:51 06 Feb 23
We had a group of 8 people. The majority of us had never been (much less driven) in snow. Explore Rentals was able to guarantee me a vehicle that could accommodate 8 people, had 4 wheel drive, and snow tires. We drove "Wolverine" and it did perfectly. We had zero issues with the vehicle and we drove from the Bozeman airport to island park, Idaho, Jackson Hole, WY and then back to Bozeman. I could not have asked for better service. As soon as my flight landed, I had all the info I needed to get my vehicle and head out. Also, none of the "chain" car rental places at the airport could guarantee me anything, they said it all depended on what was there when I arrived. That was not acceptable for me when taking my 6 year old and our elderly parents with us on this once in a lifetime vacation. I cannot brag on this company enough. They were AMAZING!!!!
Rich BrownsbergerRich Brownsberger
22:53 09 Jan 23
Very convenient and easy check in and check out. Very close to airport. Car appeared brand new and very clean and comfortable. Subaru Outback was perfect all wheel drive for the snow. Great customer service from staff. I’ll definitely rent from here again when visiting Bozeman.
Amy CAmy C
23:11 23 Jul 22
We rented bear spray, a cooler, and an Outback from Explore for our 1 week trip through the parks. I hated to return the Outback- it was very comfortable and perfect for the 4 of us. Working with Explore was easy and very straightforward, they even have a little bear spray tutorial before you head out. (Just remember, the bear spray is a fog, not a laser beam. 🙂) I would definitely recommend doing business with them!
Jason MizeJason Mize
22:08 10 Jun 22
I rented a bunch of gear from these guys for a 5 day float on the Smith River. The gear was top notch and the staff was super cool and knowledgeable. Great experience and I'll do it again! (If I ever get a permit for the Smith again)
Jason ChanJason Chan
22:12 29 Apr 22
Just finished my trip to Yellowstone and I cannot be more happy that we found Explore Rentals for our car and gears rental.The car we rent, Subaru Outback, was perfect for the trip. It was cleaned spotless and gave you a comfortable feel especially in these post-pandemic times. The staffs are friendly and very helpful. I had questions on the operation of the spotting scope and the adapter, they answered our question and demonstrated to us right away. They even lent us a shutter control for free. For a lower price than renting from one of the bigger car rental company, we got a Subaru Outback which is larger than what we would have got from those big companies.Also highly recommend renting the spotting scope if you are to Yellowstone for wildlifes. We would have missed some amazing sighting if not for these gears.
20:29 11 Mar 22
Excellent customer service. Very convenient and easy to work with. The two vehicles we rented were perfect! All these Southerners had no problem on the snow covered mountain roads with 4 wheel drive and snow tires. Highly recommend. Would definitely use Explore Rentals again.
Michael PlumerMichael Plumer
21:33 31 Dec 21
Paid a premium for a hassle-free experience and for getting the exact car that we wanted, and we received that in spades. Worth every penny, not an ounce of stress on our shoulders, everything was laid out crystal clear in the contract and easy to follow. Made some great memories in that blue Subaru Outback, if we're ever back in the area, we'll know who to book a car with.
Israel SaariIsrael Saari
19:40 27 Nov 21
Spent a week in Yellowstone/Cooke City driving very icy roads up and down into Lamar Valley. Our Suburu had a fresh set of snow tires and handled the conditions perfectly. We also rented a spotting scope and phone skope attachment (totally worth it for wildlife spotting) and bear spray. Best car rental experience I've ever had.
Toulong YangToulong Yang
16:29 06 Oct 21
Awesome place! We decided last minute for a end of season trip to Yellowstone. We didnt want to stay in a hotel and were thinking man, if only we could rent camping gear. Boom this place pops up on my feed.They literally had everything that you need. Tent, cot, sleeping bags, chairs, pillow, cooking utensils, water, buddy heater ect.They were extremely prompt. I landed at 10am. Scheduled my pick up for 10:30am. When I got to the building, they had everything ready for me next to the door. Signed my signature and packed everything into my car in less than 5 mins.

Bozeman and Yellowstone Camping and Rafting Rentals

In the summer Explore Rentals transforms into the largest provider of rental outdoor gear in Montana. Whether you are looking for rental bear spray, a rental spotting scope, perhaps a rental tent and sleeping bags, or a fully outfitted rental raft for overnight Smith River adventures- we have the inventory and experience to make it happen. 

For over a decade we have been helping both locals and visitors turn their Montana experience from ordinary to epic.



On our Reservations page, enter your desired rental dates in top right corner. Availability and pricing for your dates will be displayed for everything from rental cars to bear spray. Use the menu on left of page to view all items by category. Add desired items to cart and follow check out process. If items are not available, no price will be displayed. the absolute easiest way is to call the office 7/365 9-5pm; 406-922-0179.


A 15% credit card deposit is required to confirm all bookings (refundable if cancelled outside of 14-days from your arrival). You will be prompted for flight arrival/ departure times, contact info, as well as the CC info. Balance will be charged to this card at the end of your rental. Prior to your arrival we will send rental car contract to digitally sign. if picking up rental gear we will have a paper contract for you in the office.


You can pick up your rental car at BZN (+10% Airport Concession Fee) or at our office 1.5-miles from BZN (no charge). Most renters take an Uber or Lyft to our office to pick-up rental car ($15 & 5-minutes) while the family waits for bags. Rental gear items are to be picked-up and returned to our office only (no shipping). We will text you a photo of your car 30-minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.


If you have paid the BZN Concession fee, you may return the vehicle  to Explore Rental’s designated parking spots #46-49, in the outdoor rental car return lot. If you did not pay the BZN Concession Fee, you need to return the vehicle to our office in order to avoid additional charges. Your CC on file will be billed the balance due. All rental gear items need to be returned to the office.

Guaranteed 4WD and AWD Rental Cars

 We are the only rental car agency that will 100% guarantee a 4WD or AWD rental car, because that is all we have got. And most of our rental cars also have snow tires…

Rental Camping and Outdoor Gear

Explore Rentals maintains the largest inventory of premium rental outdoor gear in the Greater Yellowstone region. Rental bear spray, optics, spotting scopes, tents, sleeping bags, travel trailers, fly fishing equipment, and more.

Fly Fishing and Raft Rentals

Everything you need for an epic River experience. Bozeman’s best rental rafts, dry bags, cooking kits, tents, IGBC bear fences, IGBC coolers, dry boxes, shelters, waders, boots, fly rods, and more.


Rental 4wd cars, camping gear, rafts, optics, fly fishing equipment and much more.

Our Story

Explore Rentals began in the summer of 2010 as a side-hustle by a guy who started detailing cars when he was twelve and who later spent the better part of his adult life getting paid to fly fish around the world. With his mom’s old Subaru, a used Suburban, and a bunch of his own gear- the business was born. It didn’t take long for reputation and demand to grow, and Explore has since become the best reviewed car rental agency in Montana and the largest purveyor of rental camping gear, optics, rafts, and fly fishing equipment in the Yellowstone region.

We continue to strive to offer innovative and superior rental items to our customers, as well as unparalleled customer service.