During the Cold War, a vast arsenal of nuclear missiles were placed in the Great Plains. Hidden in plain sight, for thirty years 1,000 missiles were kept on constant alert; hundreds remain today. The Minuteman Missile remains an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. It holds the power to destroy civilization, but is meant as a nuclear deterrent to maintain peace and prevent war.  Visit the once secret facilities where Air Force personnel controlled and maintained ten nuclear missiles, part of a force of 150 missiles located in South Dakota. Discover the Cold War events that shaped our lives and still remain through a tour of the underground control center at Delta-01. At the Delta-09 silo, view a nuclear missile which once carried a 1.2 megaton warhead.Plan to visit all three sites


Reservations are required for the Delta 0-1 tour and can be made between 24 hours and 90 days prior to arrival. Tour reservations inside 24 hours are not available. No same day tours in the summer season. Only six people allowed per tour. At least one adult must accompany a child on the Delta -01 tour. Children must be 40” tall and at least six years old.


The TOTAL number of slots available per tour are indicated by clicking on the Adult Ages 17+ drop down box. If it says 2 under Adults and Kids – there are only 2 TOTAL people available,  Not 2 Adults and 2 Children. If there are no matches for the date you search you will get this message: NO RESULTS FOUND. Change your dates to check other availability. Again, if there are no tours available you will get this message: NO RESULTS FOUND.


Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is located at three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. The Visitor Center is located immediately north of I-90, exit 131. The Launch Control Facility Delta-01 (reservations required) is four miles west and the Delta-09 missile silo self guided tour is 15 miles west of the Visitor Center.  Built to execute a nuclear war, the historic Delta-01 compound cannot be made fully accessible. For those visitors unable to safely experience the underground control center, the Visitors Center at exit 131 offers a Virtual Tour experience that can be enjoyed by all.


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