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The hunt for Colorado’s finest slice of pizza: Road trip edition

Gallery by: Spencer McKee, OutThere Colorado

Yo! You! Ya want some ‘za? We’ve got some recommendations that will take you around the entire state of Colorado hunting down the perfect slice. Like most of our road trips, this one starts in Colorado Springs, but feel free to hop on this pizza pie train anywhere along the route – it’s a loop! Not wanting to make a road trip? This list will still show you a few of the finest pizza joints around the state.

P38 Pizza

Stop 1: P38 Pizza

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Oddly, you don’t hear a lot of people talking about P38 Pizza in Colorado Springs, earning this relatively hidden gem the spot for the first stop on our road trip. They’ve got fresh ingredients, unique specialty combinations, and great service. One pizza that’s particularly memorable is the “Western Comfort,” with fresh basil, spinach, pepperoni, artichoke hearts, and tomato.

Photo Credit: Erika H. (Yelp).

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Do Drop Inn

Stop 2: Do Drop Inn

Location: Pueblo, Colorado

Hearty slices of pizza with a thick, sweet crust, Do Drop Inn makes the cut for the unique flavor of its dough. They’ve got tons of topping and the atmosphere of a classic pizzeria to match. You’ll feel right at home pounding slices here.

Photo Credit: Brad P. (Yelp).

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Stop 3: Pizza Madness

Stop 3: Pizza Madness

Location: Cañon City, Colorado

The perfect stop post-Royal Gorge trip, Pizza Madness is known by locals as the best spot for a pizza pie in town. With a laid-back environment, including a few arcade games, this is also a great place for families.

Photo Credit: @cass_stephens (Instagram)

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Eddyline Brewery & Pub

Stop 4: Eddyline Brewery & Pub

Location: Buena Vista, Colorado

If you’re craving a wood-fired pizza, you’ll find it at Eddyline Brewery & Pub. Cooked in an oven that uses pecan wood from New Mexico, a few of the popular options include the “White Water” with it’s roasted garlic Alfredo, spinach, roasted chicken, and plenty of cheese, as well as a combination named after the nearby Browns Canyon, complete with BBQ sauce, fresh cilantro, and more.

Photo Credit: Rambod D. (Yelp).

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Stop 5: Mountain High Pies

Stop 5: Mountain High Pies

Location: Leadville, Colorado

Found in the highest North American city, Leadville, the altitude doesn’t affect High Mountain Pies ability to crank out delicious pizzas. One thing that this joint prides itself on is their use of unique pizza toppings, including things like smoked trout, squash, and capers. If you want our recommendation, the speciality pizza that really shows off what this place can do is called the “Blue Martin,” topped with a garlic oil base, jerk chicken, yam, black beans, pineapple, Thai pepper, and scallion. Just take our word for it and give it a try.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth G. (Yelp).

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Stop 6: Blue Moose Pizza

Stop 6: Blue Moose Pizza

Location: Vail, Colorado

Making the list for its very convenient location (and delivering on taste), Blue Moose Pizza is perfect for a quick snack during a day trip to Vail. Located next to the ice rinks in Lionshead, it’s super family-friendly, with paper tablecloths and crayons made available for sudden creative inspiration (or for kids). In addition to offering a single-slice deal for lunch, Blue Moose Pizza also has a variety of other options on the menu, from lasagna to calzones to Italian sandwiches. If you’re looking for something quick and easy for the whole clan, this is a good Vail option.

Photo Credit: Shane M. (Yelp).

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Stop 7: Last Chance Pizza

Stop 7: Last Chance Pizza

Location: Dillon, Colorado

A favorite delivery option for people visiting the slopes in Summit County, Last Chance Pizza is the perfect post-ski day meal. One thing that really shines here is the staff, who go above and beyond to help out their customers. Just check out their reviews on Yelp. It’s also worth noting that among their many toppings is a vegan cheese (and it’s actually good).

Photo Credit: Krista W. (Yelp).

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Stop 8: Beau Jo's Pizza

Stop 8: Beau Jo's Pizza

Location: Idaho Springs, Colorado

The tiny town of Idaho Springs has so much awesome pizza that it actually gets two spots on our road trip list, the first of which you’ve probably heard of before. Beau Jo’s Pizza is known around the state for their “mountain pies,” a dish that lives up to its robust name. With massive amounts of crust sweetened with locally sourced honey and served with a honey dip on the side, this place is definitely unique. If you haven’t had it before, you’ll need to stop in for one of these massive pies. It’s practically a Colorado tradition.

Photo Credit: Olena T. (Yelp).

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Pick Axe Pizza

Stop 9: Pick Axe Pizza

Location: Idaho Springs, Colorado

The second Idaho Springs pizza stop on our list contrasts greatly with Beau Jo’s just in case their thick, sweet crust just isn’t your thing. At Pick Axe Pizza, you’ll find a wood-fired oven popping out thin crust pies. The pizzas here are simple, but in that simplicity, there’s a delicious taste that will have you craving a return visit.

Photo Credit: Roger B. (Yelp).

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Sliceworks

Stop 10: Sliceworks

Location: Denver, Colorado

If you’re looking to find a spot that’s got great pizza by the slice, look no further. One of the more affordable pizza options on this road trip, you can find a big slice of cheese pizza here for under 3 bucks. They’ve also got a bit of variety when it comes to their pies at Sliceworks, with Neapolitan, Sicilian, and Brooklyn-style pizzas. One thing that really stands out on their menu is the Stuffed Meat pizza. It’s one of their most expensive pies, but it’s sure to fill the whole family. Don’t forget to grab some garlic knots on the side. They’re a cheap add-on and they’re delicious.

Photo Credit: Cole H. (Yelp).

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Blue Pan Pizza

Stop 11: Blue Pan Pizza

Location: Denver, Colorado

If you’re a fan of “Detroit-Style” pizza, Blue Pan Pizza should definitely be on your Colorado pizza bucket list. In case you’re unfamiliar with the type of pizza that comes from Detroit, it’s typically got corners, a thick deep-dish crust, and is often baked in a well-oiled pan, making the crust crunchy while caramelizing the cheese around the edges. The fan favorite here seems to be the Brooklyn Bridge (which won 1st place in the 2014 International Pizza Challenge). It’s got creamy ricotta, natural casing pepperoni, Italian sausage, chopped garlic, and more...is your mouth watering yet?

Photo Credit: Jennifer B. (Yelp).

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Stop 12: Hops & Pie

Stop 12: Hops & Pie

Location: Denver, Colorado

It’s a restaurant built around pizza and beer...of course it’s going to be delicious! This spot in the Northwest neighborhood of Denver serves up plenty of options and has a great atmosphere if you’re looking for the perfect place for a night out with friends. They also have a popular gluten-free crust. One thing that makes this restaurant stand out are their non-pizza menu items. They’ve got an IPA Mac & Cheese that’s super popular, as well as a pulled pork sandwich that’s topped with spicy coleslaw.

Photo Credit: Paula D. (Yelp).

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PieZano's Pizza

Stop 12.5: PieZano's Pizza

Location: Sedalia, Colorado

We made this a half-stop because it’s not officially on our road trip route. That being said, if you’ve got some time to spare, pop on over to Sedalia during the leg of the trip between Denver and Colorado Springs. You won’t find much in this sleepy town, but you will find a pretty amazing pizza joint (and a tasty burger joint that refuses to serve fries). At PieZanos you’ll have a ton of unique options and there’s even a quaint outdoor seating section. One thing that makes this place unique is that they feature a new “pizza of the month” every month and they really strive to build a new creation with this dish. For example, one of the past specials was the “Turkey Pot Pie(zanos),” topped with dark and white turkey meat, sweet corn, green beans, carrots, button mushrooms, and fontina cheese. Whether you think that sounds good or not, you’ve got to admit it’s pretty darn creative. Don’t forget to order a side of garlic parmesan bites too. They can’t be skipped.

Photo Credit: Spencer McKee, OutThere Colorado.

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Bambino's Urban Pizzeria

Stop 13: Bambino's Urban Pizzeria

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Now that you’ve made it back to Colorado Springs stuffed to the brim with pizza knowledge, you’ve got the experience necessary to craft your own pie vicariously through the hands of employees at a downtown stop called Bambino’s. Think Chipotle, but for pizzas. Moving through the line, you’ll select your unique combination of sauce and toppings from thousands of potential combinations. Don’t stress too much though. It’s hard to go wrong here with how tasty everything is. All pizza’d out? They’ve also got build your own pasta that’s also delicious.

Photo Credit: Chase F. (Yelp).

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map

Here's a map of the entire road trip. It's 413 miles long (plus a few for cities with multiple stops). We wouldn't recommend trying to tackle this road trip in a day, but it would be great for a weekend drive.
Media Credit: Google Maps (via Screenshot).

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