• Underground Delta-01 LCC, 44th Missile Wing/66th Strategic Missile Wing logos, topside view of Delta-09 LF

    Minuteman Missile

    National Historic Site South Dakota

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    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.

Things To Know Before You Come

Ellsworth Air Force Base Archives

Tickets are given out, in person at the Visitor Center, on a first come, first served basis, the day of the tour. Tickets and spaces are limited. It is best to arrive early to request tickets, if you would like to visit the underground Launch Control Center. The elevator that takes you 31 feet underground, can hold approximately 6 visitors at a time. For safety and security, we do not allow bags or purses of any size on our tours. Cameras are welcome.

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Everyone must be physically able to climb two fifteen foot vertical ladders unassisted in an emergency situation.


As a safety precaution- all tour participants to the underground Launch Control Center must be able to climb two (2) fifteen foot ladders, for a total of 30 feet, in a situation where the elevator breaks down.

All participants of the underground portion must be at least four (4) years old and over 40 inches tall.

Precautions are due to OSHA standards in case of an emergency evacuation.

Did You Know?

Launch Control Center under construction

To construct and deploy all 150 silos and 15 adjacent support structures for South Dakota’s Minuteman Missile field cost $56 million in the early 1960s ($9.2 billion in 2005 terms).