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The Time in California

Saturday, October 26, 2013 by — creator of Time Genie

Updated: Friday, March 11, 2016

Flag of California, United States

Flag of California.

What time is it in California? Officially, all of California is in the Pacific Time Zone but the towns of Winterhaven, Earp and Vidal choose to use an unofficial time zone which is Mountain Standard Time all year.

Keep reading to learn more about the time in California.


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What Time Is It In California?

All of California is in the Pacific Time Zone, but unofficially the town of Winterhaven uses the same time zone as Arizona due to its close proximity to Yuma, Arizona. The towns of Earp and Vidal also use the same time zone as Arizona due to their close proximity to Parker, Arizona

→ On December 5, 2013, Time Genie was able to confirm that Earp and Vidal use the same time zone as Parker, Arizona. Confirmation was received from Riverland Resort which is located in Earp.

→ Learn more about the counties in California

Map of California
A map of California. You can also download this map in PDF format.

The 2 Time Zones in California

Time Zone Major Cities
Mountain Standard Time Winterhaven, Earp, Vidal (an unofficial time zone)
Pacific Time Anaheim, Bakersfield, Chula Vista, Fontana, Fremont, Fresno, Glendale, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Modesto, Moreno Valley, Oakland, Oxnard, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Silicon Valley, Stockton

Time Zone Data

Information about the time zones in California — both the official time zone and unofficial time zone used by Winterhaven, Earp and Vidal.

Standard Time Daylight Saving Time
Mountain Standard Time MST GMT -7 Not in use
Pacific Standard Time PST GMT -8 Pacific Daylight Time PDT GMT -7
California time zone map
Notice how the entire map is blue indicating all of California is officially in the Pacific Time Zone.

Daylight Saving Time

All of California observes daylight saving time (DST) except for Winterhaven, Earp and Vidal which unofficially use Mountain Standard Time (GMT -7 time zone) all year.

Daylight saving time (DST) schedule:

→ At 2 AM local time, clocks are advanced 1 hour on the second Sunday in March.

→ At 2 AM local time, clocks go back 1 hour on the first Sunday in November.

California Time Zone Chart

By using the following time zone chart you can see the time differences between the 4 main time zones in the United States.

→ Try Time Genie's time zone converter.

Click a heading to sort the table.

Eastern Time Pacific Time Mountain Time Pacific Time
00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM
01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM
02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM
03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM
04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM
05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM
06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM
07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM
08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM
09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM
10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM
11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM
12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM
13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM
14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM
15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM
16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM
17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM
18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM
19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM
20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM
21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM
22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM
23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM
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