Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Explore a piece of Cold War history at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Hidden away in an unassuming field in South Dakota, a nuclear missile silo extends deep into the earth. It's one of a 1,000-missile network that stood ready for launch from 1963 to the early 1990s. Today, you can look down at an unarmed missile in its launch-ready position and tour an underground launch-control center that once housed two Air Force servicemen at all times.

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Things To Do Near Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Cold War history is the main attraction at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Learn about the United States' nuclear missile program in the visitor center, and take time to check out the decommissioned nuclear warhead. Although the historic site doesn't have any hiking trails of its own, you'll find one-of-a-kind hikes less than 10 miles south in Badlands National Park. Shopping and dining are limited in this remote section of South Dakota, but there are a few options within 30 minutes of the park.

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How To Get To Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

When you're traveling in an RV, the most efficient way to get to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is to take I-90. It runs east to west across South Dakota. If you're coming from the north or south, you can connect to I-90 on US-14, US-83, and US-212, among others. Once you're on I-90, get off at Exit 131, and head north on SD-240. The visitor center is a few minutes down the road on the left side.

Address

24545 Cottonwood Road, Philip, SD 57567

Fee: Entry fee $0

Fee: Ranger-led Delta-01 Launch Control Facility Tour (per person) $12

Fee: Ranger-led Delta-01 Launch Control Facility tour (per person ages 6-16) $8

The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a rare chance to see a piece of Cold War history in person. Whether the site is your main destination or you're visiting as a stop on your way to the Badlands, the surrounding landscape is packed with wide-open plains and some of the wildest terrain in the United States. An RV is a fun way to experience the remote landscape in comfort.