Hidden in Plain Sight

During the Cold War, a vast arsenal of nuclear missiles were placed in the Great Plains. Hidden in plain sight, for thirty years 1,000 missiles were kept on constant alert; hundreds remain today. The Minuteman Missile remains an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. It holds the power to destroy civilization, but is meant as a nuclear deterrent to maintain peace and prevent war. Read More

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Begin at the Visitor Center

The Visitor Center provides the ideal place to start your visit and learn more about the Cold War and the nuclear arms race.

View down a round silo with a missile

Visit a Nuclear Missile

The Delta-09 missile silo allows a rare opportunity to view a nuclear missile once on constant alert during the Cold War.

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Reserve Your Tour of Delta-01

Tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility are offered daily. Advanced reservations are required for all guided-tours.

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Plan Your Visit

A park visit provides an opportunity to explore sites once top secret and restricted. Advance planning is key to ensure you see it all.

President Bush and Gorbachev sign the START I Treaty, 31 July 1991

START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty)

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) was signed in July 1991 by President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Virtual Tours

Visit the front line of the Cold War from the comfort of your digital device. Go behind the scenes inside Delta-01 and Delta-09.

Last updated: December 19, 2017

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