Always safer, sometimes cheaper rental SUVS at BZN.

By popular request, Explore Rentals is now stocking rental Alps Mountaineering backpacks and trekking poles. We have you covered from 45L daypacks to 90L long-haul bruisers. These backpacks can pack everything you need for a comfy camp and days worth of food. You can’t go wrong when you need to haul some gear a few miles in the mountains for a little weekend get-a-way. These are what you need to get into the backcountry!

Give us a call 406-922-0179, or book online!







Step 1.

On our Reservations page, enter your requested rental dates. Available inventory of each item will be displayed. Select what you desire and add to your cart.

Step 2.

Verify your Cart and rental dates/ times. A 15% credit card deposit is required to confirm all bookings. You will be prompted for flight info and contact info, as well as the CC deposit.


Pick up your rental car at the office at your scheduled time. If you are picking-up after-hours, we will be in touch with you about our Protocols.  Big Sky is awesome, go and enjoy! 


Prior to your departure flight, swing by the office to drop off your car. If it is prior to our 9am open, you can leave the car at the Bozeman Airport. Your CC on file will be billed the balance due.


In February of this year, I went with my husband and several of his colleagues and spouses to a conference/ski trip in Big Sky. We rented a Suburban from Will at Phasmid Rentals. Two of the other people in our party rented Suburbans from airport rental chains. All of our vehicles were essentially identical- four-wheel-drive, comfortable, and clean. But whereas my friends had to wait in line at the airport, Will met us at baggage claim and had the Suburban ready just outside the terminal exit. Will gave us some directions and suggestions for getting where we needed to go. My husband signed the contract and we were on our way while everyone else was still waiting for service. Oh, and We paid less than they did!

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We had planned to return the Suburban the day before we flew back to Charlotte, but we had a last-minute change in plans and wound up needing a vehicle for one extra day. Another group had already reserved the Suburban for the following day, but Will let us (now just my husband and I) use a Subaru for an additional day without charging us extra. This was a local company I can get behind, with a personable touch that the national chains didn’t have! We were extremely happy with our experience with Phasmid Rentals and recommend them highly for any rental needs (they rent outdoor gear also) you may have in the Bozeman/Big Sky area.


Rebecca R. Orangeburg, SC

I was in the Bozeman area for a few days and needed a rental car to visit some land I bought in a relatively remote area of the state.  After checking out the national brands, I came across Phasmid and liked that they had the exact type of vehicle I needed (a Subaru wagon) at a decent price.  So while I knew nothing about Phasmid, other than the Yelp reviews, I figured a local company was worth a shot.

I don’t think I’d ever use anyone other than Phasmid in future trips to Bozeman.  First, they met me at the airport and drove me to their lot (about a mile or so off-airport) to fill out paperwork.  It was a very friendly way of arriving and everyone there helped with information

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about the area.  While I didn’t use any of their complimentary services (camping, fishing, etc.), another customer who had rented a Suburban with a camper was just returning and raved about the experience.  I have every reason to believe that Phasmid can outfit your outdoor adventures in a way that the national brands can’t.  

My car was a “road warrior” (higher mileage car) but it drove like a new car.  I drove a lot of miles and saw the odometer turn over to 70,000 miles during my trip but I bet most people would have thought it was a new car based on how it drove and the interior comfort.  

The return of the car at the end of was very easy…I drove to the Phasmid office, filled out the paperwork in a matter of a few minutes and they drove me back to the airport.  

Even if Phasmid had been more expensive than the national chains it would have been a good experience.  Phasmid was actually cheaper for the type of vehicle I wanted.

This is the company you want to rent a vehicle from if you’re looking for something that is SUV-ish, particularly if you are also going to be camping, fishing, skiing or exploring the back country.

Way more than 5 stars!

Jay L., Danville CA

I encourage you to rent from this company they saved our vacation. We were given a vehicle from another company from the airport and that car could not handle the conditions and had to be towed. On a very busy holiday weekend in January this company was able to offer my family of eight adults a great vehicle for the rest of our trip. We picked the vehicle up at our convenience after hours and were able to drop off at the airport. This car was very safe and very well equipped to handle the abundant snowfall we experienced. We cannot thank this company enough for such awesome service! I would give them more stars than are allowed! They were awesome! We will remember you when we return. Thank you so much!

Kathy O.


Explore Rentals is Bozeman’s original, independent car rental and outdoor gear rental agency. We have been Bozeman’s best reviewed car rental business since we started in 2011. Offering only 4WD and AWD rental vehicles ensures our customers will be driving the safest, and best rental cars available.

Located right next to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), we are able to provide extremely convenient, and superior, services to our guests. If you have any questions, or would just like to chat- give us a call: 406-922-0179.