The only area code in the state of South Dakota is 605, which makes June 5th (6/05) the perfect day to celebrate The Mount Rushmore State. And, while there may only be a single area code, there are a whole bunch of things to appreciate about South Dakota — from east to west, from the Badlands to the prairie, from the Wild West of Deadwood to the hip, modern city of Sioux Falls.
Here are just a few reasons why we should all be celebrating #605Day:
1. So much of the 605 can be your playground.
The beautiful, wide-open, and natural areas of South Dakota are where the 605 shines. When it comes to mountain biking, climbing, camping, skiing, birding, fishing, or whatever it is that gets your adrenaline going, South Dakota has an almost endless list of places in which to indulge. And the best part? You have it practically all to yourself, with plenty of room at the trailheads and hardly a soul making tracks in front of you.
Flume Trail, for example, is an awesome hike, both for its history and its beautiful Black Hills National Forest scenery. The old flume transported water through a 20-mile route during the mining boom of the 1880s, helping miners uncover more than $20 million in gold. The trail follows the flume bed, passing through several tunnels you’ll have to duck your head to get through. There are many options for shorter hiking loops as well.
A great option for mountain bikers is Storm Mountain. Just outside Rockerville in the Black Hills, the main trail here is a fast and fun loop through classic Black Hills terrain with windy descents, challenging (but short) climbs, and surprise lookout points.