State Bridge shows could resume next summer
EAGLE, Colorado – Concerts at State Bridge, once a staple of the Vail Valley’s summer music scene, could return as soon as next summer. But don’t expect to see a new lodge at the site.
There have been a few shows at State Bridge since the lodge there burned to ashes in 2007. Doug Moog bought the property last year, and has been planning to re-open the former stagecoach stop for music.
That will probably happen next year. In the meantime, the yurts and cabins at State Bridge will be available for rent, and one of the 1903-vintage cabins will be converted into an office and small convenience store. The old lodge site will be converted into a small amphitheater. There are no current plans to rebuild the lodge.
But before firing up the amplifiers and tapping the kegs, State Bridge needs some approvals from Eagle County. Perhaps the most important of those is a special use permit to allow shows there, and it looks as if the Eagle County Commissioners will give that approval at their Sept. 21 meeting.
The commissioners Tuesday heard from the county’s engineering staff about a number of proposed conditions for granting the permit. There were a couple – primarily regarding the Trough Road that runs from State Bridge to just south of Kremmling – that the new management team said were potential deal-killers.
Dominic Mauriello, a local land planner working for Moog, said the conditions regarding the road put an undue burden on his client.
The commissioners agreed, and asked staff to re-write the conditions to eliminate most of the conditions regarding the road.
Local music promoter Scott Stoughton, who’s working for Moog on the State Bridge project, also asked the commissioners to reconsider changing a condition that would require concert promoters to hire off-duty police officers to handle traffic during events. Promoters will probably need to get written permission from either the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office or the Colorado State Patrol to have shows without uniformed officers doing traffic control.
The commissioners also said they’d be willing to lift a limit of 500 people at shows, if the promoters applied for a “mass gathering” permit before those larger shows.
“This whole development has been carried out by people with a long history here,” Moog told the commissioners. “We want to make it a lasting institution again.”