At a meeting Wednesday, about 20 people kicked around ideas for how and where to construct an alternative route down from the Rims.
The Rimrocks don't seem secretive at first glance.
To some people, the Rimrocks that line the northern face of Billings offer a bird’s-eye view of the Yellowstone Valley.
There’s an undeniable connection between Billings and the Rimrocks. These sandstone cliffs seem to define who we are and what we look like.
Certain areas in Billings will be closed for the Fourth of July beginning on Monday.
Neighbors watch on the corner of Edmond Street and Aljema Avenue as the rock formation ‘Monkey Face’ is blown from the Rimrocks.
Boulders tumble above Edmond Street from the rock formation ‘Monkey Face’ after it was blown from the face of the Rims on Friday morning.
Climbers set dynamite charges behind the rock formation ‘Monkey Face’ before blowing it from the face of the Rimrocks Friday morning.
A dynamite charge blows the rock formation “Monkey Face” from the Rimrocks above Zimmerman Trail on Friday.
“Monkey Face,” the sandstone formation along the Rimrocks above Zimmerman Trail, bit the dust Friday.
An explosion blasts a rock overhang off the rims above Zimmerman Trail on Saturday.
A blast of explosives removes part of the "Monkey Face" rock, left, and a piece of sandstone called Rock 5.2 about 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24.
This spring’s Rimrock slides and closure of Zimmerman Trail reminded Billings drivers how few routes we have up and down the sandstone cliffs that are both the most beautiful and challenging features of geography in our growing city.
Tuesday morning on Timberline Drive, Barbara Herda was planting a row of golden beans in her neighbor's garden plot just feet from where sandstone boulders came to rest Monday after tumbling from the Rimrocks.
Monday's tumbling of two rocks above Zimmerman Trail has led city officials in Billings to look for other potential sites for rock slides.
Two large water line replacement projects — and the pavement overlays that will seal the deal in both cases — will dominate spring and summer construction on city streets in Billings, City Engineer Debi Meling said Friday.
Billings public works officials await a more thorough evaluation of the geology of some of the precarious rocks above Zimmerman Trail before making the repairs necessary to reopen the closed portion of the roadway.
Terracon employees Dan Nebel, left, and Craig Horne look over the area of the rock slide above Zimmerman Trail on Friday.
A pile of rocks cleared from the road sits in the maintenance turnout at the base of Zimmerman Trail. The road remains closed after Tuesday's slide.
Craig Horne and Dan Nebel of Terracon hike up a boulder field under the Rimrocks to photograph the rock slide area above Zimmerman Trail on Friday.