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Time Zones in Texas, United States

6:15:24 am *

Thursday, June 13, 2024

* Most of Texas

State: Texas
Abbreviation: TX
State Capital: Austin
Country: United States
Time Zones: 2

Time Zones Currently Being Used in Texas

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameExample CityCurrent Time
UTC -6MDTMountain Daylight TimeEl PasoThu, 5:15:24 am
UTC -5CDTCentral Daylight TimeHoustonThu, 6:15:24 am

Two Texas Time Zones

Texas spans two time zones. Most of the state observes Central Time (CT), while three counties in the West Texas region follow Mountain Time (MT): El Paso, Hudspeth, and parts of Culberson County.

Because of Daylight Saving Time (DST), areas observing CT switch between Central Standard Time (CST) and Central Daylight Time (CDT). The three counties in West Texas follow Mountain Standard Time (MST) as standard time and Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) when DST is in effect.

Mountain Time in National Park

Most of Culberson County, including its largest city Van Horn, uses Central Time. However, northwest in the county, in Guadalupe Mountains National Park—home of the famous mountain El Capitan—Mountain Time is informally used.

Generalized Time Zones in Texas

Time Zone Abbreviation & NameOffsetCurrent Time
MTMountain TimeUTC -7:00 / -6:00Thu, 5:15:24 am
CTCentral TimeUTC -6:00 / -5:00Thu, 6:15:24 am

Note: Local time in these time zones changes when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends.

Time Zones Not Currently Being Observed in Texas

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameCommences
UTC -7MSTMountain Standard TimeNov 3, 2024
UTC -6CSTCentral Standard TimeNov 3, 2024

The above time zones are used during other parts of the year. They will become active again after the next clock change as Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.

Thursday, June 13, 2024