Big difference in gas prices

In what has become a common sight of late, a photo of a gas station in Durango shows the price for gas being lower than stations in Cortez. Enlargephoto

Photo courtesy of Bryon Long

In what has become a common sight of late, a photo of a gas station in Durango shows the price for gas being lower than stations in Cortez.

Journal Staff Report

There’s one thing that people seem to notice as much as anything — gas prices. And when the price range from region to region is so extreme, motorists really take notice.

Of late, there appears to be a rather large price difference between Montezuma County and Durango.

With prices listed on coloradogasprices.com to be as low as $3.20 in Durango, Cortez prices are much higher with the lowest price listed at $3.56.

According to a news release by Gasbuddy, which operates that website, the average gas prices in Colorado have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon over the past week, averaging $3.38 Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents in the last week to $3.43.

Sunday prices in Colorado were 1.6 cents higher than the same day one year ago and are 25.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 26.4 cents during the last month and stands 6.5 cents higher than this day one year ago.

A sampling of prices for regular:

Cortez: Maverick, Highway 491 — $3.56

Durango: Peerless Tire, Main Street — $3.20

Farmington: Safeway, Main Street — $3.39

Grand Junction: Sams Club — $3.36

Denver: Lowest price — $3.19

Albuquerque: Lowest price — $3.11

Highest price in Colo.: Vail — $3.99

Lowest price in Colo.: Fort Collins — $3.15