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Contact: Joe Brehm, 605 433-5552 ext. 1241
Contact: Eric Leonard, 605 433-5552 ext. 1238
The amenity fee for Ranger-guided tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Center will be $6.00 for adults (17 & over) and $4.00 for youth ages 6-16. All reservations will be made on-line athttps://www.blackhillsvacations.com/things-to-do/national-state-parks/supplier/698193-Minuteman-Missile-National-Historic-Siteor by phone at 866-601-5129. The park website will also have the phone number and direct link for reservations.
The website and phone line will go live for the reservation system on October 1, and two weeks later on October 16, the first reserved tours will begin. The implementation of the tour fee and reservation completes a process begun with public consultation in 2014.
“Visitors have long requested the ability to reserve tours in advance,” remarked Superintendent Eric Leonard, “while this will end the six year tradition of visitors lining up for tickets each morning in the summer, it will instead allow for visitors to plan ahead for their visit.” Fee income will be used to provide for direct visitor benefits and preservation needs at Delta-01 and Delta-09. Public Tours of Delta-01 have been offered since 2004; tour tickets have been distributed on a first come, first serve basis daily for about six years.
The Delta-01 tour is thirty minutes in duration, beginning and ending at the entry gate to the Delta-01 compound. Visitors see the living, dining, and recreational areas for the eight people stationed on the topside at Delta-01, working three days on and three days off at a time. Visitors then descend via an elevator 31 feet underground. They enter the Launch Control Center by walking past an eight ton blast door built to protect missile crews from the effects of a nuclear blast. Visitors see the complicated array of electronics used by missileers during their alert shifts to monitor the missiles and learn what it was like to have the awesome responsibility of thermonuclear war at their fingertips. All tour participants must be able to be physically capable of climbing two 15 foot ladders unassisted in the event of an elevator failure. More information on Delta-01 tours can be found at: https://go.nps.gov/delta-01tour
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. Authorized by Congress in 1999, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site preserves components of the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile system, interpreting the deterrent value of the land-based portion of America's nuclear defense during the Cold War era and commemorating the people and events associated with this recent period of American history. The park is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. More information about the park can be found on the internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by phone at: 605-433-5552. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimi_ranger