Frequently Asked Questions
Two Top Snowmobile Rental, Inc., established in 1966, owned and operated by David and Jamie McCray specializes in snowmobile rentals, Guided Interpretive Yellowstone Park tours, and lodging packages from West Yellowstone, Montana, the West Gate of Yellowstone National Park. We are located 60 miles south of the Big Sky Ski Resort. Our elevation is 6700 feet with a population of approximately 1000 people. Our rental season runs from early December to mid March, extending just beyond Yellowstone Park's admission dates, which opens December 15th and closes March 15th.
What are the current Yellowstone National Park Regulations?
Because of legislation enacted during the 2003-2004 winter season, snowmobiles entering Yellowstone National Park now must be accompanied by a Professional Guide employed by an authorized Licensed Concessionaire. All snowmobiles entering Yellowstone Park must meet new stringent guidelines drastically reducing emissions and noise pollution, as set by the National Park Service. These new regulations allow for continued access to Yellowstone Park while protecting Park resources and values.
Can I snowmobile outside Yellowstone National Park?
Yes! There are over 500 miles of well-marked, groomed trails beyond Yellowstone National Park's borders, on the Gallatin and Targhee National Forests. This snowmobile trail system is one of the most extensive, easy to navigate trail systems available to recreational snowmobiles world-wide, and visitors may choose to ride by themselves or accompanied by a licensed, professional guide.
How long should I stay?
The average stay is four nights with three days of snowmobiling. This itinerary allows for time to snowmobile in Yellowstone National Park, while also being flexible enough that you could explore the wonderful trail system that crisscrosses the continental divide between Idaho and Montana on the Targhee and Gallatin National Forests. With so much to do and see in the area many guests enjoy longer stays.
What Airports should I fly into and how do I get from the airport to you?
Bozeman, Montana (BZN) is the closest airport, being 100 miles north of West Yellowstone. Most national rental-car companies offer services here, and it is an easy two-hour drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone . Karst Stage www.karststage.com is a shuttle company that meets all flights and will bring you round-trip to and from West Yellowstone. Idaho Falls, Idaho (IDA) is 110 mile south of West Yellowstone offering service on Delta (SkyWest) and Alaska (Horizon). They also work with most national rental-car agencies and it is straightforward, easy drive right from the airport. However, there is no shuttle service from this airport, though private taxi companies will service West Yellowstone from Idaho Falls.
How can I get from the Airport to West Yellowstone?
Karst Stage www.karststage.com 1-800-287-4759 provides shuttles bus transportation to and from the Bozeman, Montana airport. Local shuttle from your hotel to our snowmobile shop is free. Both Bozeman, Montana and Idaho Falls, Idaho airports offer most national rental-car chains and Idaho Falls has private taxi companies that will service West Yellowstone.
Will I need a car once I am in West Yellowstone?
After arriving in West Yellowstone, your rental snowmobile can be used as local transportation and all services are within easy walking distance from your hotel. A rental car is not a necessity.
What clothing do you rent?
High quality outerwear is available for rent by the item or as a package. The rental clothing available includes a one-piece insulated FXR or Cabela's snowmobile suit, felt lined Sorrel Caribou boots rated to -40°, an HJC helmet with full-face flip shield, a PolarTech balaclava (helmet liner), and Castle or SnoRider mittens. Our clothing is available in all sizes from toddler to men's 5XL and boots to size 17. We also have free child harnesses for the little ones. Snowmobile Lodging Packages include head to toe rental clothing.
What to wear under rental clothing package?
Our one-piece snowmobile suits are very warm and designed to be worn over your street clothes. We suggest a good pair of Polypropylene style long underwear (top, bottom--and women will appreciate a good sports bra); comfortable layers over long underwear suits such as sweaters, sweatshirts, and sweatpants; polar fleece; and a good pair of ski socks (Polypropylene style). Earrings can be uncomfortable under helmets.
What do I need to bring snowmobiling?
Drivers' licenses are required to be in your possession at all times, even if you are not driving, especially the young drivers; annual National Park pass or Senior Citizen Park pass, if you own one (otherwise you may purchase day passes from us).; money for lunch--or bring your our box lunch--light snacks, and bottled water or juice; sunglasses; sunscreen; chapstick; camera and film; cell-phone; chemical foot and hand warmers; and ski gloves (we rent mittens but many people are more comfortable in their own gloves). Do not bring long scarves, carbonated drinks, or alcohol. Please let us know if you are on any medication that may impair your ability to drive.
Where can I get food and beverages while snowmobiling?
In Yellowstone National Park, there are warming huts at Madison Junction and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, both of which sell snacks and beverages. At Old Faithful Geyser Basin and Mammoth Hot Springs there are fast food and full-service restaurants and lounges. Also, West Yellowstone offers a variety of restaurants and bars including barbeque, Italian, steakhouses, Chinese, pizza, fast food, and more--there is something for every taste and budget.
What other activities are there in West Yellowstone?
Some of the best Cross-Country ski trails in the world can be found at the Rendezvous Ski Trails located on the south edge of town. There is shopping, a public ice-skating rink, a movie theater, an IMAX theater, and the Grizzly Bear Discovery Center exhibits Alaskan brown bears and Wolves. Big Sky Ski Resort and Moonlight Basin Ski Resort, both located 60 miles to the north, offer a variety of terrain for beginner and expert skiers alike.
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