Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
24301 200 6th Ave
Reservations are required for the Delta 0-1 tour and can be made between 24 hours and 90 days prior to arrival. SAME DAY TOURS are not available. Only six people allowed per tour.
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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.
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 is four miles west and the Delta-09 missile silo is 15 miles west of the Visitor Center.
Delta 0-1 Tour Description
To see Delta-01, visitors need to attend a ticketed ranger-guided tour. The thirty-minute ranger guided interpretive tour of Launch Control Facility Delta-01 begins with a walk through of the grounds and topside support building. Visitors will see the living, dining, and recreational areas for the eight people stationed on the topside at Delta-01, working three days on and three days off at a time.
Visitors then descend via an elevator 31 feet underground. They enter the Launch Control Center by walking past an eight ton blast door built to protect missile crews from the effects of a nuclear blast. Visitors will see the complicated array of electronics used by missileers during their alert shifts to monitor the missiles and learn what it was like to have the awesome responsibility of thermonuclear war at their fingertips.
Tour Safety Restrictions
Visitors who wish to participate in the underground part of the tour must fulfill the following requirements:
- At least one adult must accompany child on Delta-01 Tour.
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