People moving to the Phoenix area often want to know if it will be dark while driving home from work, how early people start jogging during the summer months, or how late kids can play outside in the evenings before it gets dark. 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 even dangerous if you are blinded by the sun.
Besides all these practical concerns, it's nice to know when the sun comes up and goes down so you can catch those glorious but fleeting displays morning and night.
In the table below you'll find some general information about sunrise and sunset times in the Phoenix area. These are approximate averages for the month based on historical records. You can find the precise time the sun will come up and go down every day at TimeandDate.com. or on a weather app on your cellphone.
Phoenix residents bask in comparably mild winters with about 10 hours of daylight hours each day and intensely hot summers with about 14 hours a day on the longest days of summer.
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 beautiful desert sunrises and sunsets.
Sunrises, Sunsets, and Daily Hours by Month
Where to Catch the Sunrises and Sunsets
There are a number of great vantage points around Phoenix to relax and enjoy the multicolored Arizona sunsets and sunrises. 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. Phoenix New Times advises that you 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 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.