Shelby MT, America's Western Crossroads is located on the crossroads of I-15 and US Hwy 2 in North Central Montana 30 miles south of the US and Canadian border and just an hour from your Glacier Park adventure.
Shelby's beautiful backdrop is the Sweet Grass Hills. Although much of the land is privately owned, these hills provide some excellent hiking and breathtaking views. In their shadow is the Golden Triangle, Montana's richest wheat and barley region.
Our vibrant picturesque business district contains several blocks of locally owned businesses offering clothing, gifts, local art, quilting fabric, souvenirs, restaurants, and taverns. We have nine city parks with a variety of playground equipment, horse shoe and tennis courts and the city swimming pool. Shelby has four motels, several established camping areas and RV facilities that can provide our guests a wonderful overnight stay.
Shelby has one the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in Montana located along the Marias River 5 miles south of town on Exit 358 off I-15. The bent grass greens are the largest in the state, offering the serious and recreational golfer a most pleasant experience.
The Marias Museum of History & Art has displays showcasing homesteading, area history, gold mining, agriculture and Native American artifacts. It also includes a special display on the July 4, 1923 World Championship Dempsey- Gibbons boxing match.
West of Shelby on Hwy. 2 is the Glacier Wind Farm (south of Hwy 2) and Rim Rock Farm (north of Hwy 2) in Toole and Glacier Counties. They are spectacular to look at and the two wind farms have a combined total of 266 towers producing 399 megawatts of electricity.
Recreation in the form of hiking, hunting and fishing is very big under the Big Sky Country and Shelby has a lot to offer in all three categories. Our Roadrunner Trail is Shelby's latest commitment to a healthy community; the hilly trail offers several miles of physical challenge to all age groups. See deer, coyote, and gophers galore while you talk and walk with a friend. Up the ante and pull on your jogging shoes for a grueling run!
Elk reside in the Sweetgrass Hills, while Whitetails and Mule Deer roam the prairies along with Pronghorn Antelope. Sharptail Grouse, Hungarian Partridge, and Chinese Ringneck Pheasant afford the wing shooter boundless sporting opportunities. Anglers love the area for our Walleye, Northern Pike and Perch. Casting on the upper Marias River is fun and both open water and ice fishing is popular at Tiber Dam-Lake Elwell, home of the Montana State Record Walleye! Contact the Montana FWP for regulations.
The Veterans Memorial Flag flying 100 feet in the air on the west side of Shelby, commemorates the Veterans Memorial Highway (I-15) and the 163rd Infantry Memorial Highway (US Hwy 2). The flag keeps a vigilant watch over our crossroads and represents our community's sacrifice, service and love of country. The smaller poles honor the four branches of the military and the prisoners of war.
The Flag Memorial Park is located south of the flag. It contains a steel panel commemorating the Battle of Iwo Jima and a statue of a bald eagle. Commemorative bricks with a veterans name and military branch can be purchased to honor a veteran.
The Carousel Rest Area of Shelby opened in May of 2018. The idea of a carousel was born in 2016 when Harry Benjamin, a retired farmer, was asked to help a traveling carnival repair their carousel. The mechanically-minded Mr. Benjamin discovered that the 1936 Allen Herschell carousel was for sale, and he purchased it.
The Community of Shelby pitched in to help restore the historic carousel, construct a building and set up a nonprofit organization to help with its operation and maintenance.
The Carousel's summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM. They are closed on Sunday. You can find this lovely addition to our town just south of Highway 2 behind Pizza Hut.
We would like to invite everyone to stop in and take a spin - and make sure to have some Montana-Made Wilcoxin's Ice Cream while you're there!