The Time in Idaho
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.
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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.
→ Learn more about the counties in Idaho
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.
|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
|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|
| 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 Zonewhile the yellow indicates the
Mountain Time Zone.
Did You Know — Idaho Has A Time Zone Bridge?
Located 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?
→ 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.
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).
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|