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
Hidden in Plain Sight
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.
Inside the security of a high fence, the Delta-01 facility housed ten Air Force personnel and directly controlled ten missiles.
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.
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.
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.
Find out what parking is available at the three units of the park.
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.
44th Strategic Missile Wing
Over a generation, thousands of Americans lived and worked in the missile field of South Dakota as part of the 44th Strategic Missile Wing.
Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles
Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) have ranges between 6,000 to 9,300 miles, making virtually any target in the world vulnerable.
History & Culture
Explore the people, places and stories that illustrate the Cold War experiences of those affected by the Minuteman Missile.
Last updated: October 10, 2018