Elevation: 4583 FT
Roberts, on Rock Creek between Red Lodge and Laurel, is just a few miles from Cooney State Park, a popular recreation spot for boating, swimming, camping and excellent walleye and rainbow trout fishing. Stargazers come for Cooney’s dark skies and birder’s flock to the area. Hundreds of species of birds have been identified in the park, including American kestrels, franklin gulls and short-eared owls. The reservoir is a stopping point for migratory birds like osprey and pelicans during the spring and fall. Bird walks are popular during the summer months.
Further south is the stunning Beartooth Highway, described by former CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt as "the most beautiful drive in America." If you’re embarking on this scenic drive, stop in Roberts first—you can miss the Roberts General Store. This iconic local spot carries just about everything, from the essential to the totally off-the-wall. Their motto is “If we don't have it, you don't need it.” They don’t sell food or water, however, so keep that in mind.
Make Kelly's Rock Creek cabin your rustic basecamp for Roberts and Red Lodge area exploration. The cabin overlooks Rock Creek minutes from Red Lodge Mountain ski area, Red Lodge Mountain golf course and the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness area. Plus, Yellowstone National Park is only 68 miles via the scenic Beartooth Highway. Enjoy wagon rides, horseback trail rides, a hot tub, fly-fishing, wildlife watching, and Beartooth mountain sunsets.
For a guided float or wading fly-fishing trip on the Yellowstone or Stillwater River, call the folks at Rocky Fork Outfitters and Guide Service.
It’s kinda windy at Cooney State Park, but you can use it to your advantage—the sailing and kite boarding are exceptional here. In the winter, kite skiers and ice sailing are also popular.
Visit the Lost Village Saloon for good food, good drinks and good company before embarking on the Beartooth Highway into Yellowstone National Park or on your way back from a day on the slopes at Red Lodge Mountain.
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Stop in and stock up at The Chuckwagon, an Amish owned grocery store and deli serving fresh, sliced deli meats and cheeses, delicious sandwiches, and a local favorite—Wilcoxson's ice cream.