Death Valley Sunrise Sunset Calculator




Daily Details - Desktop

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) application provides detailed information with the exact position of the sun and moon as viewed from a particular location on a on a given date and time. TPE also provides shadow length, and whether or not a subject will be in shade at a given time. Click on the next icon to open The Photographer's Ephemeris centered on:

Aquereberry Point: TPE Icon Artists Palette: TPE Icon Ashford Mill Ruins: TPE Icon
Badwater: TPE Icon Charcoal Kilns: TPE Icon Dantes View: TPE Icon
Eureka Dunes: TPE Icon Golden Canyon: TPE Icon Ibex Dunes Talc Mine: TPE Icon
Marble Canyon: TPE Icon Mesquite Dunes: TPE Icon Mosaic Canyon: TPE Icon
Panamint Dunes: TPE Icon Racetrack: TPE Icon Scotty's Castle: TPE Icon
Zabriskie Point: TPE Icon

You can also import all of the points of interest on the Death Valley map into TPE Desktop by downloading this POI file POI List Icon and the choosing Locations Import in TPE Desktop.

TPE is published by Crookneck Consulting LLC and the web application is free to use.


Daily Details - Mobile

There are many apps available for your phone or tablet to help with shot planning. My favorites are Photopills and TPE for Android/iOS or TPE 3D for iOS only. Both applications support the importing of Points of Interest / Locations. To import POIs for Death Valley into one of these apps proceed as follows:

  • Download the KML file with the points of interest by clicking here: POI List Icon
  • Email the downloaded file to yourself
  • On your phone open the email you just sent and tap the attachment
  • Choose Photopills or TPE or Google Earth or any other app that appears on the list
  • The locations in the attachment will be added to those already on your phone


The Sunrise Sunset calculator above provides a monthly calendar showing Sunrise/Sunset and Moonrise/Moonset and Moon phase for a whole month. More detailed information can be obtained by clicking on one of the Photographer's Ephemeris icons above or via one of the mobile applications listed.

Monthly sunrise and sunset times on this page are given at Mesquite Dunes in Pacific Time. The Pacific Time Zone is eight hours behind GMT in the winters months (PST) and seven hours behind GMT in the summer months (PDT). Times shown on gallery images are in GMT and can be converted to Pacific Time by subtracting 7 hours in the summer, or 8 hours in the winter.