In for a goose-bump inducing blast from the past? A relic of the Cold War, the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site serves as a historical reminder of what could have happened. Take a tour underground to experience the silo and its control rooms for yourself. Park Rangers will lead you from the Visitor Center on a tour of the grounds that’s unlike any other in the country. You’re instantly transported back to the Cold War Era as you descend into the stations to truly understand what it was like living and working in this facility. One of hundreds deactivated after the signing of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 1991 and designated by Congress as a National Historic Site eight years later, the Minuteman Missile Silo participates in the National Park Services Junior Ranger Program. Revisit recent history here as the 2016 National Park Service Centennial marks 100 years of preserving historic sites for future generations.
Located 75 miles east of Rapid City. The Visitor Center is located at Exit 131 off US I-90 and open year-round, 7 days a week during the summer, and Monday-Friday during the winter. Hours are 8am – 4:30pm, with reduced winter hours and tours. Guided tours are available, with tickets first come, first served – it’s well worth getting there early.
For more information, call 605-433-5552 or visit the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site page on the National Park Service website.