I live in Seattle and am planning a trip to YNP.
I plan to drive from Seattle - Gardiner to Cooke city and back from Dec 20-25th. Since only the north gate is open I can only drive from gardener to cooke city.
My question: I have a front wheel drive minivan(Toyota sienna) and is it OK driving in wintry conditions in YNP in a minivan? (Of course I will carry chains as a backup). I can't seem to find an AWD rental. Do I have to have an AWD or 4WD vehicle? Or are the road conditions THAT bad that a minivan is big NO. I have driven/lived in snow areas before. So am generally aware of driving in wintery road conditions.
I have heard YNP is beautiful in winter and would really love to have that experience, especially the wildlife. This will be my first trip to YNP.
For those who either live/have lived there or have driven there in winter - please suggest if it's OK to drive there in a minivan in winter or am I being paranoid?
Thanks in advance,