March 13, 2017
Cactus Flat, SD – Minuteman Missile National Historic Site recorded 133,895 visits in 2016, the National Park Service’s centennial year.
“For a second year, the new Visitor Center has continued to attract record crowds. In 2016, the completion of exhibits allowed all visitors to gain a better understanding of our Cold War story,” said Superintendent Eric Leonard. “These new amenities combined with the centennial Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque campaign launched with the National Park Foundation greatly assisted our ability to reach new audiences passing through western South Dakota.”
Visitation Highlights at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site:
· 133,895 visits in 2016 compared to 100,488 visits in 2015; this is a 33% increase year over year.
· Visitation in the two years since the Visitor Center opened has increased 118% over 2014, the last year before the Visitor Center was opened.
· This record visitation for Minuteman Missile National Historic Site contributed to the 5.2 million visitors to South Dakota’s national parks, an increase of 19% over 2015.
· Park staff led 1,656 tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control facility, with 9,330 participants
· October 2016 saw the long awaited implementation of an amenity fee and reservation system for Delta-01 tours. All tours now require advanced reservations, which can be made on-line or by phone at 866-601-5129.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site’s headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. More information about the park can be found on the internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by phone at: 605-433-5552. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimi_ranger