Virtual tours provide unique look into Cold War resources at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Pictured is a screenshot of the Delta-01 launch control center virtual tour showing the tunnel junction area and the blast door. Courtesy image

CACTUS FLAT — Modern technologies allow unique opportunities to explore all manner of locations. To mark National Virtual Vacation Day on March 30, Minuteman Missile National recently announced a series of new virtual reality tours of the preserved Delta Flight sites. Now you can explore the front line of the Cold War. Explore the topside rooms of the launch control center and descend to the underground control center where missileers once kept constant vigil. The virtual tour of Delta-09 allows a unique opportunity to view the interior of the silo, normally off limits to visitors. Guided, audio-described tours are under development.

“We are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the great resources and stories of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site,” Eric Leonard, superintendent, said. “Now people from all over the world can experience this unique place and view these sites they might not otherwise get a chance to experience.”

Utilizing 360 degree photography and laser scanning technology designed for the real estate industry, the virtual tours are mobile friendly, compatible with virtual reality goggles, and combine a “Google street view” experience of building interiors with a three dimensional “doll house” view for quick navigation. Virtual tours are now available for the park visitor center, the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility and the interior of the Delta-09 missile silo.  

All of the park’s new virtual tours can be found at https://go.nps.gov/missilevirtualtours.

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 15-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. More information about the park can be found on the park’s website at or by phone at 433-5552.

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