Visiting The Delta-01 Launch Control Facility

A ranch style building inside a fenced compound with an American flag flying in front of it
A summer day at Delta-01

NPS/Minuteman Missile NHS

This compound includes the topside support building and it's underground Launch Control Center which lay 31 feet below the plains of western South Dakota.

The topside supported the missileers stationed underground in carrying out their mission. Equipment such as a backup generator for auxiliary power, and environmental control provided backup support in the event of a power outage or an attack. There were always eight people on the topside, all enlisted Air Force personnel who were stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, 60 miles to the west. These personnel included a Facility Manager (top ranking Non-Commissioned Officer on-site), a cook and six security police. They worked three straight days on, followed by three days off.

In addition, the site had bunk housing for visitors, such as maintenance teams who were required to remain over night at the nearest LCF if they exceeded 16 hours in a work shift at one of the missile silos. They would spend the night at the nearest LCF before driving back to Ellsworth Air Force Base the following day. The building also contained a Security Control Center, where all security activities were coordinated and personnel would be processed when coming on site. Other areas on the topside included a day room, dining area and recreational room that Air Force support personnel used while at the facility.

Walk To The Gate

All visitors to Delta-01 can walk up to the large entrance gate and look through the fence into the compound. An exhibit panel provides context to the site. Through the summer of 2018, parking is very limited at the site.

Reserve a Ranger-Guided Tour Of The Control Center

Built for nuclear war, the control center features a small elevator and a tight underground space. 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 thirty minutes and begins and ends at the entry gate to the Delta-01 compound. 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 866-601-5129. Reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to tour date. SAME DAY tour reservations are not available. More information on tour reservations....

Directions to Delta-01

The launch control facility is located off of I-90 exit 127 to the nourth of the highway. Follow the signage once you exit I-90 to the only fenced structure visible from the road (about a 1/2 mile). No entry to the facility is allowed without tour reservations.

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Last updated: June 27, 2018

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