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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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Minuteman Missle National Historic Site [1] is a United States National Historic Site in South Dakota in the USA.


At the Minuteman Missle National Historic Site you will find remnants of the Cold War, including an underground launch control center and a missile silo. Minuteman missiles held the destructive power to destroy civilization as we know it. Yet the same destructive force acted as a deterrent which kept the peace for three decades. Minuteman Missile makes it possible to revisit a time when the threat of nuclear war haunted the world.

A Minuteman Missile can strike a target over 6,000 miles away in less then half an hour. Because it moves at speeds of over 15,000 miles an hour a Minuteman could cross the United States from East to West in just over 10 minutes. By comparison to drive the same distance would take 40 hours.



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Weather in South Dakota can be quite variable throughout the year. During the summer months temperatures can reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Thunderstorms may also be experienced during the Spring, Summer and Fall months. Winds may be high during any time of the year. During the winter months temperatures can be quite cold while blizzards are not uncommon.

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The park visitor center is open daily from 8AM-4:00PM mountain time. The Park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays. Tours are by reservation only and can be gotten online or by phone up to 90 days in advance by going through the park website . There are no same day reservations available. Tours are approximately a half-hour long. Tours are limited to only 6 persons at a time due to space considerations. Visitors must also be physically able to climb two 15 foot ladders to get out of the underground spaces should the elevator fail

Tours of the Delta-09 Launch Facility are self-guided. An interpreter is located on site 9 to 10 AM and 2 to 3 PM during the summer season to answer questions and provide information. A cell-phone guided tour is available at all times of the site at 605-301-3006.

Get more information by calling the Minuteman Missile headquarters office at +1-605-433-5552 between 8AM and 4:00PM, daily.

For group reservations, including schools or special programs call the headquarters.


There is an amenity fee of $6.00 per adult and $4.00 per child for the Delta-01 tours. Information on film permits or special use permits can be found at .

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The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor Center is located off Interstate 90, exit 131, to the north of Interstate 90. The Visitor Center has a museum, a newly produced park orientation video which places the Minuteman in historic context, restrooms, and a bookstore. The Visitor Center is open from 8AM-4:00PM, daily, throughout the year with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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The tours are approximately a half-hour in length and are limited to six people. For more information call the Minuteman Missile NHS Office at +1-605-433-5552 between 8AM and 4:30PM, daily. Spaces on these tours are very limited so plan your trip early!

For group reservations or special programs also call the Minuteman Missile Visitor's Center.

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There are no accommodations on-site, but the historic site is surrounded by the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. As with nearly all U.S. National Grasslands, you are free to pitch a tent in areas designated on maps available from the Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall, SD. Camping is also available in a campground across Interstate 90 from the Visitor Center, inside Badlands National Park, in the nearby communities of Interior and Wall, SD

The nearest lodgings are in hotels are in Wall and Kadoka, SD.

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