Basic Information

Rapid weather changes are common in the western South Dakota area where Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is located. Variations from season to season and from year to year are great. Characteristics of the climate are hot dry summers and bitterly cold winters. Wind is a constant on the Great Plains, winds in excess of 50 mph not uncommon. During the winter season, winds typically blow from the north-northwest and have been known to cause wind chills in excess of -40 degrees.

Entrance Fees:

Fee Free Site - $0.00

There is no fee to visit Minuteman Missile National Historic Site; however, there are fees charged for Delta-01 tours.

Minuteman Missile NHS Visitor Center

The visitor center is the best place to begin your visit to the park. Exhibits, films, and a bookstore allow visitors to explore the story of the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System and its role in the larger context of the Cold War.

Visitors on Tour at Delta-01
Visitors on a tour at Launch Control Facility Delta-01 listen to a ranger talk about the Peacekeeper armored vehicle.


Last updated: March 31, 2016

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Mailing Address:

24545 Cottonwood Road
Philip, SD 57567


(605) 433-5552

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