Colorado ranks top 10 in highest gas prices across country according to AAA

Gas prices continue to rise across the country. Colorado ranks now eighth in the country for gas prices.
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 7:37 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 7:44 AM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - According to AAA, you could expect to pay around $3.69 a gallon if you needed to fill up on Monday in Colorado Springs. That’s around 40 cents higher than just last week.

Regional director of public affairs for AAA, Skylar McKinley, says that a reason for the price hike could have something to do with Suncor in Commerce City shutting down temporarily. The plant shut down following a winter storm on Dec. 21.

McKinley says that consumers might not see relief until March, adding that the state of Colorado has the eighth most expensive gas in the country as of Monday. McKinnley said that Vail and Glenwood Springs have the most expensive gas per gallon in the state. Of the major cities along the Front Range, Colorado Springs has the highest prices, sitting at about $3.69 per gallon.

“Prices should fall in Colorado below the national average -- and right now we’re sitting above it -- when we get into March and Suncor comes back online, if indeed that timeline is matched. But I will say that about that same time, gas prices start to climb ... we are entering, of course, by that point, Spring Break, folks are out and about, demand increases. We then go from the spring into the summer driving season, where prices are always at their most expensive. So prices in Colorado will stabilize, but I don’t foresee substantial savings or drop even when Suncor comes back online, because it will be coming back online at the same time the demand is going to surge even,” McKinley said.

AAA advises people to not drive around too much looking for the best deal because they may end up paying more in the end.