Learn how U.S. Air Force personnel secured and maintained a missile field at the ready inside a once restricted facility during the Cold War. The ranger-guided tour of Delta-01 takes visitors inside the secured fence and features a walk through of the grounds and topside support building. To protect the historic facilities and to provide for visitor safety, each tour is limited to six participants and a park ranger. This tour lasts forty-five minutes, beginning and ending at the entry gate to the Delta-01 compound. The tour is moderately strenuous and requires a quarter mile round trip walk. All tour participants must be able to walk and stand unassisted; modern seating is limited on the tour. Visitors who need mobility assistance (wheelchairs and etc.) on the tour should contact the park at least a day before their reserved tour.
Delta-01 Tour Fee
All tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility require advanced reservations and an amenity fee. Reservations can be made on-line or by phone at 605-717-7629. Reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to tour date. In the summer season tours fill up quickly.
Delta-01 Tour Fee
Safety Modifications Due to COVID-19The confined spaces inside the structure, and especially underground make maintaining social distancing difficult or impossible. The elevator lift car is three feet deep, five feet wide, and eight feet tall. The tunnel to enter the control center is three feet wide and four feet tall extending six feet. The control center itself is a narrow room twenty-one feet long with constrictions which limit width to less than three feet in places. To reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19, the tour will not enter the elevator or underground control center until further notice.
What To Do If You Can't Get A TourIn the summer season especially, demand for tours at Delta-01 exceeds capacity. In addition to visiting the visitor center and Delta-09, a visit to Rapid City's South Dakota Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base offers a number of complimentary features that further explore the Minuteman Missile story. The museum's exhibits include a launch control simulator identical to the control center at Delta-01 and their airpark display includes a Minuteman II missile. During the summer season the base tour includes an opportunity to go inside a missile silo trainer preserved on base.
Last updated: May 27, 2020