Why are hotels in Fort Stockton so expensive?
You may have noticed that there aren't a whole lot of hotels there, so it's a matter of supply and demand. Depending on your itinerary, many folks find that Fort Stockton makes a good overnight stop on their trips east and westbound on I-10.
Because of the huge demand from the oil patch. Same with Pecos.
You don’t mention your preferred price range, or dates, or flexibility on location:
If you are just passing through you might consider stopping sooner, like Ozona. Right off I-10 are hotels 20-40% less.
Likewise, if you want to go farther lower prices are available in Van Horn.
Good luck, safe travels!
We stayed in Fort Stockton in March 2017...prices were great. We wanted to stay there again this year and all the hotels were up by $100.00. We stayed in Galveston for 2 nights at the same price for 1 night in Fort Stockton. Not good tourist prices at all. Yes they are very pricy. Taking it out on Tourists is not going to help them.Edited: 20 March 2018, 01:12
They're not taking it out on tourists. If they're taking it out on anyone, it's the oilfield crews, and that's normal. Tourist passing through just got caught by it. Happens any time there's an oil boom. And because the oil patches tend to be in kind of out of the way places, housing is naturally limited. The smart money has bought up large numbers of former FEMA trailers and moves them into sites hastily improved with septic, water and electric. Fort Stockton has never been a tourism town. It's pretty much all oil and gas field services. Between some recent strikes with enormous potential in areas previously thought to have no value and the fracking boom, every resource in the area is straining to keep up. They were talking 75 TRILLION cubic feet of gas and 3 billion barrels of oil in the new Alpine High field alone. There's a huge effort just to provide electricity.
A while back, they were talking about 5,000 NEW wells just from that new strike. That's a lot of people and a lot of people to work drive trucks and work in the oil field service companies. And places like that don't build out to cleanly accommodate all those people, because it's oil, and boom today can turn to bust if the price collapses or just plain need fewer people as the fields are developed and producing. So whatever resources there are just get very valuable for a while. You would probably have a hard time finding an place to park an RV anywhere in the county.