I-90 Exit 131 (Visitor Contact Station) is open in both directions. Exit 127 (Launch Control Facility) is closed to eastbound traffic, but open to westbound traffic. Pick up all tour tickets at exit 131. Allow extra time to travel to Delta-01 for tours.
Plan A Field Trip
Field Trip Options:
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site welcomes school groups for ranger-guided 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 a disarmed 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 Alison Shoup at (605) 433-5552 (EXT. 242).
To learn what is best for your particular class size click on one of the links below.
Did You Know?
The initial groundbreaking for the first Minuteman Missile silo in South Dakota occurred on 9/11 – September 11th, 1961.