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.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site:
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site has three separate locations that visitors can enjoy: the park visitor center, the Launch Facility/missile silo, and the Launch Control Facility. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is open for visitation throughout the year (see Operating Hours and Seasons). To experience everything that Minuteman Missile has to offer, please read the information below.
The Visitor Center
The Visitor Center is located 75 miles east of Rapid City on Interstate-90 (I-90), just off exit 131. Once off the Interstate, there will be a large Conoco gas station. The Visitor Center shares the parking with the gas station, and is located on the south side of the parking lot. Sometime in late 2014/early 2015 a new visitor center will open on the north side of I-90. Please check back for updated information.
Inside the Visitor Center there is information about the site and Cold War exhibits. An eleven-minute orientation video is also offered.
Tickets for Ranger-guided tours of the Launch Control Facility are available at the Visitor Center and given out on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 6 people per tour.
Launch Control Facility: Delta- 01
The Delta-01, Launch Control Facility, was the duty station for support staff above the underground Launch Control Center for 30 years during the Cold War. The site is open via ranger-guided tours only. On the tour, visitors will see the above-ground support building that housed a cook, facility manager, and security police. Following a brief elevator descent, visitors will also see the Launch Control Center where two missileers sat for 30 years waiting for the order to launch their nuclear missiles. Tickets are issued at the Visitor Center on a first come, first served basis on the day of the tour. They are in high demand and limited to 6 visitors per tour. After obtaining tickets, visitors will be given directions to the tour location. Group tours are only available September through May. Large, organized groups (such as schools and scouts) must call at least 2-3 weeks prior to visiting the site, dial 605-433-5552.
Launch Facility/ Missile Silo: Delta-09
Located 1/4 mile south of I-90 at exit 116. It is approximately 15 miles west of the Visitor Center or 6 miles east of Wall, SD. The site was a former active missile silo where an intercontinental ballistic missile with a 1.2 megaton nuclear warhead sat for 30 years waiting to be launched. The blast door to the silo is now propped open and visitors can see a training missile now in place. The site is all above ground and features a self-guided cell phone tour (the number is posted at the site). The site is open all year (weather permitting) 7 days a week in the summer and 5 days a week in the winter.
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.