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The Time in Idaho

Saturday, September 21, 2013 by — creator of Time Genie

Updated: Friday, March 11, 2016

Flag of Idaho, United States

Flag of Idaho.

What time is it in Idaho? This is a commonly asked question — but this question requires a question in return — where in Idaho?

Idaho actually has 2 time zones — the Pacific and Mountain Time Zones to be exact. One could say that northern Idaho is in the Pacific Time Zone while southern Idaho is in the Mountain Time Zone.

As a general rule of thumb, in terms of time zones, the state of Idaho is divided in half by the route of the Salmon River. North of the Salmon River is the Pacific Time Zone. South and east (to the right) of the Salmon River is Mountain Time Zone.

A larger portion of Idaho is in the Mountain Time Zone.

Keep reading to learn more about time zones in Idaho.


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What Time Is It In Idaho? There Are 2 Time Zones

There are, in total, 44 counties in Idaho. Of these 44 counties, 9 are 100% in the Pacific Time Zone while Idaho County is mostly in the Pacific Time Zone but partially in the Mountain Time Zone. All other counties are in the Mountain Time Zone.

The 9 counties in Idaho that are in the Pacific Time Zone are: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone.

→ Learn more about the counties in Idaho

One basic explanation, but not necessarily the definitive explanation, as to why northern Idaho is in the Pacific Time Zone while southern Idaho is in the Mountain Time Zone is this:

Economically, the northern part of Idaho is tied to Washington State which uses the Pacific Time Zone.

The southern part of Idaho, on the other hand, is not economically tied to Washington State. If anything, the southern part of Idaho is more economically tied to Montana, Utah and/or Wyoming — all of which are in the Mountain Time Zone. When combined wth the fact that the Mountain Time Zone is the more natural time zones for Idaho, choosing the Mountain Time Zone simply makes more sense.

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

The 2 Time Zones in Idaho

Time Zone Major Cities
Mountain Time Blackfoot, Boise, Burley, Caldwell, Chubbuck, Eagle, Garden City, Idaho Falls, Jerome, Kuna, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa, Pocatello, Rexburg, Twin Falls
Pacific Time Clearwater, Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Lewiston, Moscow, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Sandpoint

Time Zone Data

Information about the time zones in Idaho.

Standard Time Daylight Saving Time
Mountain Standard Time MST GMT -7 Mountain Daylight Time MDT GMT -6
Pacific Standard Time PST GMT -8 Pacific Daylight Time PDT GMT -7
Idaho time zone map
Notice how the northern part of Idaho is in blue while the southern part of Idaho is in yellow. The blue indicates the Pacific Time Zone while the yellow indicates the Mountain Time Zone.

Did You Know — Idaho Has A Time Zone Bridge?

Did you knowLocated on US 95, you will find the town of Riggins — population, approximately 419. Riggins is located in Idaho County. While most of Idaho County is located in the Pacific Time Zone, Riggins is located in the Mountain Time Zone.

Geographically, Riggins is located at the meeting place of the Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers.

Riggins is just south of the Salmon River and thus in the Mountain Time zone. But, about 2 miles north of Riggins is a bridge that takes you over the Salmon River and into the Pacific Time zone. Subsequently, this bridge is often referred to as the time zone bridge.

Did You Also Know — You Might Change Time Zones Going From Idaho to British Columbia?

Did you knowA popular border crossing, from Idaho to British Columbia is located at Eastport. When crossing the border at Eastport, you immediatly enter Kingsgate, British Columbia, Canada.

What's interesting is although Eastport observes daylight saving time, Kingsgate does not. As a result, the following happens:

→ From the first Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March, Eastport is GMT -8 while Kingsgate is GMT -7. This means there is a 1 hour time difference. So, as an example, when it is 1 PM in Eastport, it is 2 PM in Kingsgate.

→ From the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November, both Eastport and Kingsgate are GMT -7. This means there no time difference.

Time Genie confirmed the time zones used at Eastport / Kingsgate border crossing on July 24, 2013 by contacting Kingsgate Duty Free Shop.

This time zones mismatch also applies to Creston and Yakh, both located approximately 10 to 15 kilomters from the Kingsgate. But once you leave this general area, depending on which way you travel, the time zones can potentially change again as British Columbia, similar to Idaho, has multiple time zones.

Daylight Saving Time

All of Idaho observes daylight saving.

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.

Idaho 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 including the Pacific Time Zone (Northern Idaho) and the Mountain Time Zone (Southern Idaho).

→ Try Time Genie's time zone converter.

Click a heading to sort the table.

Eastern Time Central 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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