Underground Launch Control Center Tours: Suspended
There will be no underground Delta-01 Launch Control Center tours until further notice due to emergency elevator maintenance. Above ground tours will be offered along with an 11 minute video of the Launch Center in place of going underground.
Plan A Field Trip
Field Trip Options:
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site welcomes school groups for ranger-led tours of the site. Depending on class size, students can tour Launch Control Facility Delta-01 and/or Launch Facility (missile silo) Delta-09!
At the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility, students are taken back in time to the Cold War, and invited to tour the upstairs living quarters of the support staff and then taken by elevator to the underground Launch Control Center where two officers "pulled alert" - awaiting the order to launch their Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic missiles. Space inside this facility is limited and smaller class sizes are better suited for this tour.
When operational, Delta-09 Launch Facility contained a fully armed and fueled Minuteman missile with a 1.2 megaton nuclear warhead. Today, students are invited to step beyond the 8' high security fence and look down into the eighty foot deep silo and see an inert non-operational missile that once stood ready to fly half way around the world in thirty minutes or less. This facility is out-of-doors and can accommodate larger class sizes.
How to Schedule a Tour:
On-site educational tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. There are no charge for these tours.
For reservations, please call the education specialist, Park Ranger Butch Davis at (605) 433-5552 (EXT. 0).
To learn what is best for your particular class size click on one of the links below.
Did You Know?
Minuteman Missiles are not just part of the past, but also the present and future. Currently there are still 450 Minuteman missiles deployed across the Northern Great Plains.