OGDEN -- Record gas prices won't stop people from going "over the river and through the woods" this Thanksgiving season.
Although gas prices in the state have dropped by more than 12 cents a gallon from what they were a month ago, an estimate of where they will be on Thursday -- $3.63 per gallon -- represents the highest average gas price ever seen in Utah on Thanksgiving, according to AAA.
The national average will also be the highest it has been on Thanksgiving, estimated to be about $3.43 per gallon.
In Ogden, gasoline prices currently stand at an average of $3.58 per gallon, compared to last Thanksgiving, when they were $3.29 per gallon.
But while gas prices are on the high side, AAA's latest travel forecast predicts more than 3.2 million Mountain West residents plan to travel 50 miles or more during the extended, four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, representing an overall increase of 0.6 percent when compared to last year.
AAA Utah spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough said Thanksgiving is one of the most heavily traveled holidays and that after several years of economic uncertainty, people are well-versed in budgeting for holiday trips.
"Thanksgiving is the one holiday when people will do whatever it takes to visit their loved ones," she said.
More than 2.8 million Mountain West residents are projected to travel by motor vehicle during the weekend, representing a 0.5 percent increase from last year.
UDOT Region One spokesman Vic Saunders said there will be no construction occurring in the Top of Utah over the weekend, so motorists shouldn't encounter any trouble in that regard.
Weather shouldn't be much of an issue either.
The National Weather Service's five-day forecast predicts highs in the upper 40s and low 50s, with a slight chance of rain tonight.
Despite higher airfares, more than 197,000 Mountain West holiday travelers are expected to fly, which is a decrease of 1.8 percent when compared to 2011.