During the intense and unforgettable days of my itinerary from Las Vegas to Monument Valley, my ability to manage normal space-time coordinates was put to the test: the jet lag, i close ranks in the movements from one stage to another, the beauty anddazzling variety completely new places for me and the continuous displacement of landscapes they helped to create a kind of continual dreamy daze.
But beyond this perhaps somewhat fictionalized aspect of my experience, there came a moment of the journey when, for real, I could no longer understand what time it was, and I risked losing control of my schedule: it was of the passage between Utah and the two different areas ofArizona - in this case, the stages of Bryce Canyon, Page e Monument Valley, addressed in that order.
- US-Arizona time zone: how many variables!
- Time zone Arizona: the Page-Monument Valley case
- From Page to Monument Valley: how the time zone changes
- Monument Valley to Page: how the time zone changes
- Utah and Arizona time zones: how to set the clock?
US-Arizona time zone: how many variables!
The rational explanation obviously exists and concerns the strange United States time zone and in particular that of Arizona: in the state that hosts the Grand Canyon it is a bit difficult to understand what time it is, because there are some particular variables. Let's start at the beginning: the classic West Coast tours basically touch four states: California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. Of these states:
- California e Nevada adopt the Pacific Time (-9 hours compared to Spain)
- Arizona and Utah adopt the Mountain time (-8 hours compared to Spain).
If the question stopped here it would be relatively easy to orientate, but two more clarifications need to be made:
- THE Arizona it does not apply daylight saving time, so for the whole year it remains solar time. California, Nevada e Utahon the contrary, they also apply daylight saving time, which in the USA is called Daylight Saving Time.
- Arizona has a further and decisive peculiarity: the Navajo nation, whose borders are largely right within Arizona, decides instead of apply daylight saving time, thus differentiating itself from the rest of Arizona.
Let's go into the specific case of time zone Arizona, which interests us most.
Time zone Arizona: the Page-Monument Valley case
Il time zone in Arizona therefore it varies from area to area: the vast area called Navajo Nation also includes Monument Valley, the splendid park with a western atmosphere located between Arizona and Utah, managed entirely by Navajo Indians. Therefore, daylight saving time is active here and therefore, from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, there will be some calculations an hour one more with respect toArizona, and it will be same time as in Utah.
You will reach the area of Page - a fortunate town in Arizona that is located overlooking the Colorado - especially to see Antelope Canyon, which is worth a visit in any case. This famous slot canyon is run by the Navajo Indians, but the area it is not part globally the geographic borders of the Navajo Nation; which is why the Indians, also to facilitate travelers, decide here to align themselves with current time zone in Arizona. Didn't you understand anything? So I give my example, schematizing as much as possible.
From Page to Monument Valley: how the time zone changes
It was September, I was in Page. In the day I took the Antelope tour, visited Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell and slept in town. The next day I left for Monument Valley at around 9: a trip of about 2 hours is required. When I got to the park entrance, I realized that the accounts did not add up. It wasn't 11 (as I expected), but 12! For me it was not a problem, because I was able to walk around the park quietly and without pressure, but it destabilized me a little. What do we deduce?
- From the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November (summer time), going and Page (either from the Grand Canyon or any other part of Arizona outside the Navajo Nation) towards Monument Valley, you lose an hour. That is: if it's 9 in Page, it's 10 in Monument Valley.
- For the rest of the year (solar time) the times are aligned. For example: if you go from Page to Monument Valley on December 10th, thenow it will remain the same. That is: if it's 9 in Page, it's 9 in Monument Valley.
Monument Valley to Page: how the time zone changes
Let's continue with my example: the day after visiting Monument Valley I had to go to the Grand Canyon, which - we remember - is located in Arizona, but not in the Navajo Nation. So when I got to the entrance to Desert View, I realized I had gained an hour! Same speech obviously would have applied to Page. So…
- From the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November (summer time), going from Monument Valley to Page (or the Grand Canyon, or any other part of Arizona outside the Navajo Nation), we earn an hour. That is: if it is 10 in Monument Valley, in Page it is 9.
- For the rest of the year (solar time), as above, the schedules are aligned. Refer to the same example of December 10th.
Utah and Arizona time zones: how to set the clock?
We have seen a number of cases involving moving from one area of Arizona to another. We have also seen that, for both daylight saving and solar time, it is Utah and Navajo nation have the same time. In other words, to recap: if it's 9 in Moab, it's 9 in Monument Valley.
But if we go from Utah to Arizona or viceversa? How to interpret the time change outside the Navajo Nation? I will come to your aid immediately, also in this by giving a personal example.
In that September, as mentioned, I arrived in Page in the morning, coming, however, from Bryce Canyon. As you may have guessed, in that case there was a change of schedule: I realized that I had gained an hour, being Bryce in Utah (with daylight saving time) and Page in Arizona (without daylight saving time)… not surprisingly, when I arrived the tour agency for Antelope was still closed: it was too early! What do we deduce?
- If, during summer time, go to Bryce Canyon (or from Moab or any part of Utah outside the Navajo Nation) to Page or the Grand Canyon, you will gain an hour, exactly with in the case of the Navajo Nation. If it's 10 in Bryce Canyon, it's 9 in Page.
- During daylight saving time, going da Page al Bryce Canyon (or to any other location in Utah outside the Navajo Nation) you will lose an hour.
- During solar time, the time of Utah and Arizona returns the same: it goes without saying that December 10 at Bryce and Page will be the same time.
Is everything clear to you? I hope so! The Arizona time zone has done and will drive many travelers crazy, but with this guide you should be able to set the clocks as correctly as possible… have a nice trip!