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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Current Operating Conditions

Learn more about what facilities and services will be available during your visit.

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Visit a Nuclear Missile at Delta-09

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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Visit Delta-01

Walk to the gate of the facility that once controlled ten nuclear missiles the ten missile of Delta Flight.

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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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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.

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Cell Phone Tour

A ranger-narrated Cell Phone tour explains the history of the Cold War Minuteman Missiles on the Great Plains.

Last updated: July 7, 2020

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Mailing Address:

24545 Cottonwood Road
Philip, SD 57567

Phone:

(605) 433-5552

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