Vote Smart has built an extraordinary facility nestled in a wilderness paradise high in the Montana Rocky Mountains. Vote Smart's Great Divide Ranch Research Retreat is surrounded by high peaks, lakes and streams and filled with moose, elk, beaver, fish and other wildlife. The beautiful setting surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness is the only reward the hundreds of volunteers and interns receive for taking on the difficult and crucial research of Vote Smart.
There are several ways to visit us in Montana:
- National Internship Program - for ten weeks, college students can help our democracy by working at our research facility in the Rocky Mountains.
- Member Internship Program - two week opportunities to work at our research center in Montana are available, allowing members to enjoy a wilderness vacation while working for a great cause.
- Or visit Vote Smart, we promise you a bed, a hot meal and a personal tour of the most extraordinary effort to preserve and protect our democratic system of government ever mounted.
Please contact our Membership Department to arrange a visit:
We will pick you up on a Saturday at the Missoula airport which is serviced by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines, Horizon Air - Alaska Airlines, Northwest Airlines -KLM, Skywest Airlines, United Airlines
The closest train stop is in Whitefish, MT and from there you can take the bus to Drummond.
Greyhound comes through both Missoula and Butte and will bring you to Drummond, MT.
Philipsburg is located on Highway 1, 27 miles off of Interstate 90. The Ranch is another 27 miles from Philipsburg. South of Philipsburg take Highway 38 (Skalkaho Pass) 9 miles to Moose Lake Rd. Follow Moose Lake Rd (a gravel Forest Service road) for 12 miles to the Ranch.