Cactus Flat, SD – With the days getting shorter, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site has begun winter operations. During the winter season the Visitor Center will remain open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Here visitors to the park can go through exhibits exploring the history of the Cold War and America’s strategic defense. The Delta-09 missile silo will be open daily for self-guided audio tours from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., located off of exit 116. Ranger-guided tours of the Launch Control Facility Delta-01 will occur daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. These tours require advanced reservations. Reservations can be made online at go.nps.gov/delta-01tour or by phone at 866-601-5129.
During the winter season the park will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, Christmas Day, December 25th, and New Years Day, January 01, 2017. Winter operations will continue through April 01, 2017.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site’s headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. Authorized by Congress in 1999, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site preserves components of the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile system, interpreting the deterrent value of the land-based portion of America’s nuclear defense during the Cold War era and commemorating the people and events associated with this recent period of American history.