Aspen gas prices $1.44 per gallon more than Glenwood Springs |

Aspen gas prices $1.44 per gallon more than Glenwood Springs

Nick Cottrell fills up recently at the Shell station at the Locals' Corner in Aspen. Prices at the Aspen stations remain above $3.30 per gallon while the state average has fallen to $1.86.
Jeremy Wallace/The Aspen Times |

People who decided to drive to Aspen rather than fly for a ski vacation are probably suffering sticker shock at the gas pumps — as do locals when they fill up.

While prices have plunged below $2 per gallon in many parts of Colorado, prices remain above $3 per gallon for regular unleaded in Aspen. Even in Basalt and El Jebel, prices are more than 50 cents above the Colorado average. reported this week that the average retail gasoline prices in Colorado are $1.86 per gallon, according to a survey of 2,158 gas outlets in the state. The national average remained at $2 per gallon.

In Colorado, prices as of Dec. 27 were 33.3 cents per gallon lower than on the same day one year ago, the website reported.

In the Roaring Fork Valley, savvy gas buyers fill their tanks when they are traveling through Glenwood Springs. The price difference between the highest gas in Aspen and the lowest in Glenwood Springs is $1.44 per gallon.

The Shell station at Locals’ Corner in Aspen charged $3.39 per gallon Thursday, according to online data supplied by price checkers to The Conoco station downtown was charging $3.34 per gallon while the Conoco at the Aspen Business Center was at $2.95 per gallon.

The midvalley stations provided a little relief at the pumps. The Valero station at the Basalt Store was charging $2.47 per gallon Tuesday. The Phillips 66 station downtown was charging $2.41 while the 7-Eleven was at $2.39.

Prices were inexplicably higher just 4 miles down the road. The Conoco at the Willits General Store was charging $2.55 per gallon, according to the latest report on The Shell station in El Jebel was at $2.47 per gallon.

Prices remained high at the Shell station at Catherine Store, which was at $2.45. Drivers get deeper discounts once they reach Carbondale. The 7-Eleven was charging $2.15 per gallon — 24 cents less per gallon than the chain’s store 12 miles away in Basalt. The Phillips 66 in Carbondale was charging $2.17. The Valero was at $2.27.

The real gas war is in Glenwood Springs. As of Tuesday afternoon, five stations in the survey were between $1.95 and $1.99 per gallon. The leader, as usual, was the Sinclair station at 2122 Grand Ave., at $1.95.

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