Remember fallout shelters, Sputnik and the missile gap? Remember duck-and cover-drills, the Iron Curtain, the Red Scare and first-strike capability? The deadly drama underlying the Cold War is relived at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site near Wall where visitors can see how the end of the world could have begun. The site is the first national park in the world dedicated to commemorating the events of the Cold War. Two 1960’s era Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) sites have been preserved for public viewing. Delta-09, an underground missile silo on the edge of Badlands National Park, held a Minuteman II missile that could send a nuclear weapon to the Soviet Union in 30 minutes. Delta-01 control center includes the topside support building and the underground control center capsule.
Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a ranger-guided tour of Delta-01, located at I-90 exit 127. Tours are by reservation only and limited to 6 people per tour. Self-guided tours are available at Delta-09 missile silo, located at I-90 Exit 116. The visitor center is located at I-90 exit 131, and features exhibits that allow visitors to explore Minuteman’s role in the Cold War. A new park film will make a debut in 2017.
- Tour the visitor contact station exhibits and watch the park orientation video
- Tour the Launch Control Facility, Delta-01
- Tour the Launch Facility Delta-09 (the missile silo)
- Attend a Junior Ranger Program
Park headquarters is located at 24545 Cottonwood Road, Philip, SD 57567, just north of I-90 at exit 131. The Launch Control Facility Delta-01 is 4 miles west of the headquarters. Launch Facility Delta-09 (missile silo) is located south of I-90 just off Exit 116. It is approximately 15 miles west of park headquarters.