Music to return to State Bridge Lodge |

Music to return to State Bridge Lodge

Owner hopes to revive the venue, which closed in 2007

Scott N. Miller/Vail Daily

If you go

What: State Bridge Lodge

Property size: About 23 acres

What's there: A burned-down lodge, seven cabins and a few yurts

Where: About 17 miles north of Wolcott at the intersection of Colorado Highway 131 and the Trough Road.

Future plans: New owner Doug Moog plans to use the property as a live-music venue.

Cabins for rent

The cabins at State Bridge Lodge are available for rent for campers and hunters. For more information, call 970-949-0229.

— Doug Moog never went to a show at the old State Bridge Lodge, but he’s heard the stories.

He’d heard about it from locals he talked to, of course, and from his friends in the band Donna the Buffalo, which played at State Bridge several years ago.

“When I went there, the magic of the place was immediately apparent,” Moog said. “It’s unusual. It’s tucked in next to the river, with the tracks and the hillside there. It’s both an attraction and a challenge.”

Moog has bought the outdoor venue and camping area just south of the Routt and Eagle county borders, which closed after a fire in June 2007. The property went under contract in July.

Moog already is in the live-music business, with an interest in a theater in Ohio, and, if the name sounds familiar to people of a certain age, he’s also the second cousin of Robert Moog, who invented the first synthesizer.

Doug Moog first heard about State Bridge while he was in the valley looking at residential property, but the land was under contract, so he didn’t go out. That contract fell through, though, and Moog’s broker, Bonnie Carroll, told him State Bridge was available again.

Moog looked, did his due diligence, and soon had the property under contract. And, after three years, listing broker Mike Devins had made a sale.

“I must have shown it 50 or 60 times over those three years,” Devins said.

Moog said he plans to keep the property as a live-music venue but isn’t quite sure what the place will finally look like.

“My feeling is that any development needs to preserve the experience of the place,” Moog said. “I’m very aware of the vibe there. But there’s a possibility that development there may be pretty slow.”

Still, Moog said, he expects to have the approvals in place for a few concerts there next summer.

“There’s just so much expectation about it, we almost have to,” he said.

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