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.
School Field Trips - Class size of 18 students or less
Minuteman Missile Field Trip - Class Size of 18 or less
Begin by meeting the rangers at Launch Control Facility Delta-01
1) General introduction to the Cold War and the Minuteman missile systems role in preventing war and preserving peace.
2) The class will then break up into groups of approximately 6 students each. Each group will tour the support facilities at Delta-01 and also go underground into the Launch Control Center, 31 feet beneath the surface.
3) Travel 11 miles west to Launch Facility (missile silo) Delta-09. A ranger will guide the entire class to view a Minuteman II missile on display and learn about the massive power of nuclear weapons.
Allow approximately 2 hours for this program!
Did You Know?
The only Minuteman Missile ever launched out of an active silo took place at a silo north of Newell, South Dakota on March 1, 1965. The flight only lasted a total of seven seconds with the rocket landing in a nearby pasture.