No Gas in Yosemite valley

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     If this is your first trip to Yosemite you need to gas up enroute. There is NO gas in the main valley. You can get it at Crane Flat on Hwy 120 inside the park or in Wawona. I suggest you patronize a local station in a gateway town. If you forget you may get to pay a lot more. See this Shell station in El Portal on Hwy 140. Eeck.

   Last week that station was the most expensive in the nation. Drive to the park at 62 mpg. I do and I get 38 mpg in my Honda Civic.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey


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6 Responses to “No Gas in Yosemite valley”

  1. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    gas at Crane Flat is not quite this expensive, but close; something like 4.75 last Wednesday. it’s 24 hours pay at the pump.

    coming in on 140, there’s a reasonablly priced Arco in Merced, and a gas station in Midpines that is cheaper than El Portal.

    coming in on 120, gas in Oakdale is always about 20 cents a gallon less than the best price I can find in my part of the East Bay. closer to the park, gas is reasonable in Big Oak Flat, but much less so in Groveland.

    from the south, reasonable gas prices in Oakhurst.

    I don’t know the east side coming up 395 — other readers who come up that way, where do you stop?

  2. Sönke Says:

    I can only tell from my experience from the last 10 years and as there’s no real good deal on 395 I usually fill up in Bishop which has a bit more competition than e.g. Lone Pine. However I ALWAYS make a stop at the Tioga Gas Mart in Lee Vining. The food is just too good. 😉 Gas prices are close to the prices in El Portal though.

    But what do I care?! El Portal gas prices sound like heaven to me as we are facing US$8+ at the moment and sommer hasn’t started yet. Our government takes great joy in squeezing us out like lemons (the biggest part of our gas prices are taxes).

  3. Janet Says:

    And three stations in Mariposa on 140: much cheaper than El Portal.

  4. Roberto Hernandez Says:

    Everyone try to post actual prices please! Is gas about $3.89-$3.99 along the Hwy 41 corridor Fresno to Oakhurst?

  5. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    Prices vary a lot in California these days.

    Fortunately, they’ve gone down about 20 cents per gallon in the last 4 weeks after a big run up, but if there’s a shift in the price of oil, a political event, or there’s a refinery closure, they could be back up in a hurry.

    So, posting prices isn’t likely to help much, but I’ve found that the ranking of places remains fairly consistent.

    One more word of warning — the 2 places in Big Oak Flat on route 120 close relatively early. In the past, one closes at 8 pm, the other at 9 pm.

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