Gas prices creeping up in Colorado as summer driving season approaches |

Gas prices creeping up in Colorado as summer driving season approaches

Gas prices have been rising in Steamboat Springs and around the nation. Price increases are expected to continue when stations switch to a summer blend.
Scott Franz

— Summer road trips will cost a little more this year as prices at the gas pump continue to climb.

Prices in Steamboat Springs and across the country have been creeping up in recent weeks.

At Western Convienience, which has consistently offered some of the cheapest petrol in town, the price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel has risen from $2.30 per gallon in February to $2.45 Wednesday.

And stations have yet to switch to a summer blend that typically comes with a higher price tag.

“Gas prices are going up, and I think you can fairly anticipate prices are going to rise for awhile longer,” AAA Colorado spokesman Skyler McKinley said Tuesday.

McKinley said gas prices this summer could mirror what drivers saw in 2015, when they peaked at $2.80 per gallon in the middle of summer.

Nationally, gas prices have increased 13 cents per gallon compared to the average price in April 2016.

In Colorado, the average price of a gallon of regular gas has also gone up a bit.

But before letting out a big sigh at the pump, remember that prices are still much lower than they have been in some previous years.

Steamboat customers were paying upwards of $3.66 per gallon in April 2014, and the current gas situation could be worse for Coloradans.

According to AAA data, nearby Utah is seeing the largest weekly increases in gas prices.

Comparatively, increases in Colorado have been significantly smaller.

The least expensive gasoline in the nation can be found in South Carolina, where the average price of a gallon was $2.12 last week.

The highest ever recorded gas price in Colorado clocked in at a wallet-busting $4.52 per gallon in July 2008.

McKinley said demand for gas currently appears to be slightly outpacing supply, which should result in higher prices.

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