Sunrise and Sunset Times in Phoenix, Arizona

What time does it get dark in the Valley?

Sunset in Phoenix
••• Sunset in Phoenix. Jim Hankey/Getty Images 

People moving to the Phoenix area often want to know if it will be dark while driving home from work, or how early people start jogging during the summer months, or how late kids can play outside in the evenings (aside from local curfews).

Those who drive to the West Valley at sunset are especially interested in this topic since driving toward that blazing sun in rush hour can be frustrating, painful, and even dangerous.

In the table below you'll find some general information about sunrise and sunset times in the Phoenix area. These are not exact but are approximate averages for the month according to historical records.

Phoenix residents get to enjoy comparably mild winters for about ten daylight hours each day and extremely warm summers for about 14 hours a day (at most).

In June, for instance, it will be light enough to start walking the dog at around 5:30 in the morning, before the concrete gets hot, but if you walk the pooch in the evening, you might want to wait until about 7:30 p.m. when the sun is setting and the hottest part of the day has ended. Explore the table below and be sure to plan in some time to enjoy our beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Sunrises, Sunsets, and Daily Hours by Month

January 
Sunrise: 7:30 a.m.
Sunset: 5:45 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 10.3

February 
Sunrise: 7:10 a.m.
Sunset: 6:10 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 11.0

March 
Sunrise: 6:40 a.m.
Sunset: 6:40 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 12.0

April 
Sunrise: 6:00 a.m.
Sunset: 7:00 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 13.0

May 
Sunrise: 5:30 a.m.
Sunset: 7:20 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 13.9

June 
Sunrise: 5:20 a.m.
Sunset: 7:40 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 14.3                                   

July 
Sunrise: 5:30 a.m.
Sunset: 7:40 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 14.1

August 
Sunrise: 5:50 a.m.
Sunset: 7:15 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 13.4

September 
Sunrise: 6:15 a.m.
Sunset: 6:30 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 12.6

October 
Sunrise: 6:40 a.m.
Sunset: 5:45 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 11.4

November 
Sunrise: 7:00 a.m.
Sunset: 5:30 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 10.5

December 
Sunrise: 7:30 a.m.
Sunset: 5:30 p.m.
Daylight Hours: 10.0                                    

Where to Catch the Sunrises and Sunsets

There are a number of great vantage points around the city of Phoenix to relax and enjoy the multicolored Arizona sunset after a long day of work or the sunrises to start off your day surrounded by nature's beauty. According to the Phoenix New Times, though, the best place in the city to catch the sunrise is at Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

Located just 20 minutes north of Downtown Phoenix (but still in the city limits), the Phoenix Mountains Preserve feels as remote as the Sedona desert while being surrounded by civilization, and it offers some of the best views of the city, especially as the early morning light begins to illuminate the Valley. According to the Phoenix New Times, stick to the south side of the mountain for a less strenuous hike and the best views of the sunrises over the Valley.

South Mountain Park offers another great vista of the city at both sunrise and sunset, but you'll need to reach the summit of this mountainous park to get the best views. With hiking trails, picnic areas, and a number of other great facilities and adventures awaiting you at South Mountain Park, you could spend the whole day—from capturing beautiful sunrise photos to watching the last rays of light leave the Valley—up on this nature preserve.