Every time I think about eating pizza, I automatically think about Springdale, Utah, which also happens to be the western gateway to Zion NP. And that’s because the best pizza I know of, the best pizza we’ve ever eaten, can be found here at a little place called Pizza and Noodle. (The second best place – if you’re interested – is Fat Olives in Flagstaff, AZ. They make all their own ingredients, on sight and by hand.) Most of the time Pizza and Noodle is where we eat when we’re in Springdale. It makes life simple. Not to mention fairly cheap. We can get a caesar salad, pizza, and drinks for around $20. That’s not bad when you’re on the road.
We sit right here on the front porch, enjoying the high desert air and the view. Home sweet home.
Springdale, of course, sits right in the middle of the Colorado Plateau. In case you didn’t know, the Colorado Plateau covers about 140,000 square miles and is bordered on the east by the western edge of the Rockies, on the south by the Mogollon Rim (near Sedona, AZ), on the west by the eastern edge of the Basin and Range region, and on the north by a line that runs just south of Salt Lake City. Most of the Plateau lies above 5,000 feet.
What’s most amazing to me, though, is that the Colorado Plateau contains 10 National Parks and 17 National Monuments. That’s just an astounding concentration of this country’s best parks. And it doesn’t include state run parks or parks controlled by Native Americans (like Monument Valley). You could spend a lifetime doing photography out there. Some people have.
I know I could. At least so long as Pizza and Noodle stayed in business……..