By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily
The price of gasoline in Wyoming declined by 1.4 cents per gallon on Friday over the previous 24 hours to average $4.20 per gallon
The website GasBuddy.com, which tracks national gas prices, reported Wyoming’s average gas price is up 3.2 cents per gallon from one week ago and is up $1.22 per gallon from one year ago.
Wyoming’s average price for gasoline remained below the national average of $4.428 for a gallon of regular, which is a US record high.
High And Low Prices:
The highest gasoline price in Wyoming on Thursday was in Jackson at $4.78 per gallon. The lowest price was found atht eMaverik station at 500 W. Main St. in Newcastle at $3.92 per gallon.
The county with the highest average price was Teton, with an average of $4.39 per gallon. The county with the lowest average price was Converse at $3.96.
These are the highest and lowest reported prices among those stationed surveyed.
Today’s Big Movers:
Platte County was up 26 cents per gallon, Sweetwater County was up 6 cents; Albany County was down 9 cents; Uinta County was down 13 cents and Lincoln County was down 21 cents.
*The average price per gallon of regular in each Wyoming county:
Albany $3.96; Big Horn $4.20; Campbell $4.09; Carbon $4.21; Converse $3.97; Crook $4.21; Fremont $4.26; Goshen $4.16; Hot Springs $4.30; Johnson $4.19; Laramie $4.16; Lincoln $4.21; Natrona $4.11; Niobrara $4.21; Park $4.26; Platte $4.49; Sheridan $4.10; Sublette $4.21; Sweetwater $4.36; Teton $4.39; Uinta $4.21; Washakie $4.23; Weston: $4.11.
Most Common Price:
$4.21 per gallon, with six counties reporting that as the average.
*The lowest price per gallon, reported in major Wyoming cities:
Basin $4.13; Buffalo $3.94; Casper $3.99; Cheyenne $3.99; Cody $4.24; Douglas $3.97; Evanston $4.27; Gillette $4.08; Jackson $4.37; Kemmerer $4.27; Laramie $3.94; Lusk $3.99; Newcastle $3.92; Pinedale $4.34; Rawlins $4.09; Riverton $4.19; Rock Springs $4.26; Sheridan $4.05; Sundance $4.24; Thermopolis $4.26; Wheatland $4.08; Worland $4.17.
This is going to be less of an observation and more of a suggestion.
With Wyoming’s average price for a gallon of regular hovering around $4.20, what does that mean for your summer vacation plans? Do you drive? Do you fly? Do you just stay home and wear out the button on the TV remote?
Your plans see the big mouse in Florida or take a bite of the Big Apple and might seem out of reach now, but don’t despair. There are plenty of one-tank trips here in the Cowboy State.
Let’s look at a few places that we pass every day, some you might be familiar with and some that Wyomingites might have never been to…yet.
Ayers Natural Bridge – Between Glenrock and Douglas
As one of the original rest stops for Oregon Trail pioneers, Ayers Natural bridge is now a rest stop for travelers and those just seeking shelter from the summer heat. With camping spots for longer stays and picnic tables in abundance, you’ll want to pack a lunch, get out into the river under the rocks and cool off.
Wild Horses and Wildlife – Between Green River and Rock Springs
Just take a detour off Interstate 80 and drive the “Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop” and you are likely to see wild horses and other Wyoming wildlife. This 24 mile gravel road takes about 1.5 hours to travel end-to-end and is best driven in the morning or evening for optimum wildlife encounters.
Castle Gardens Petroglyph Site – 45 Miles East of Riverton
This location might be a bit remote but it still makes a great one-tank or one-day road trip. Not for the faint of heart — or vehicle — 4x4s are recommended but that’s half the fun. Everyone knows someone in Wyoming with a four-by, right? Combine families for a super-sized trip.
Named for its castle-like rock structures, it is worth the trip, if only to see the rocks themselves. But then there is the added attraction of petroglyphs that are thousands of years old. Maybe left by other day-trippers?
Sinks Canyon – 8 Miles South of Lander
The Popo Agie River is one of Wyoming’s wonders. Located in the southern Wind River Mountains’ Sinks Canyon State Park, it is the home to the “Sinks and Rises.” — a portion of the Popo Agie that dives below the limestone rocks, only to emerge, or rise, again over a one-quarter mile downstream. This is a one-tank trip that can easily be extended into a one weekend trip. With camping and hiking for every taste, this is an anchor destination for summertime fun.
And that’s just the tip of the Wyoming adventure iceberg. You really don’t have to go broke going across country, when there’s plenty to see in our own state. Even if you have been to these locations, I’d bet a tank of gas that there’s something new and exciting in Wyoming that you haven’t seen yet. Ask a friend, or better yet, invite them to guide you. Don’t sit and listen to the wind all summer, unless it’s from an open car window. Wyoming adventure is just a tank of gas away!
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*Note: Prices in this report are for reference only. They are gathered just prior to posting, and may not reflect prices that have changed since last posted.