What Time Is It In Rapid City?

What is the current time in Rapid City, South Dakota

The current time in Rapid City, South Dakota is

5:42 PM

The date is June 10, 2023

Quick facts

  • Rapid City is 7:00 behind GMT right now
  • Rapid City's time zone is Mountain Time

What Time Zone is Rapid City, South Dakota In?

Rapid City is in Mountain Time time zone, also sometimes abbreviated to MT. There are many cities and states in this time zone. This time zone consists of two "sub" time zones: MST and MDT. It is one or the other, depending on the time of year. In MT, clocks are typically moved forward and backwards anually (once forward and once backward every year).

Timezone Pacific Mountain Central Eastern
GMT Offset -7:00 -7:00 -5:00 -4:00
12-hour time 8:42 PM 7:42 PM 5:42 PM 5:42 PM
24-hour time 20:42 19:42 17:42 17:42
Military time 2042 1942 1742 1742

Rapid City offers unique traditions and events throughout all four seasons. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Black Hills Powwow are just a few examples of the city's cultural diversity. Rapid City is also home to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Badlands National Park, all within a short driving distance. It takes approximately 30 minutes to travel to the suburbs of Box Elder, Blackhawk, and Summerset.


  • Average temperature: 50-70°F
  • Climate: Mild with occasional rain and thunderstorms
  • Unique traditions and events: Black Hills Home Builders Association Home Show, Black Hills Film Festival
  • Average daylight: 12-14 hours


  • Average temperature: 70-90°F
  • Climate: Warm and dry with occasional thunderstorms
  • Unique traditions and events: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Black Hills Roundup Rodeo, Summer Nights
  • Average daylight: 14-16 hours


  • Average temperature: 40-60°F
  • Climate: Cool with occasional rain and snow
  • Unique traditions and events: Black Hills Powwow, Oktoberfest, Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
  • Average daylight: 10-12 hours


  • Average temperature: 10-30°F
  • Climate: Cold with occasional snow and wind
  • Unique traditions and events: Festival of Lights Parade, Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, Winter Market
  • Average daylight: 8-10 hours

Rapid City is a city located in the western part of South Dakota, in the Mountain Time Zone. It is 7 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-7). The nearest timezone border is approximately 20 miles west of the city, which would put it in the Pacific Time Zone. The respective travel time to the nearest states are 1 hour and 45 minutes to Wyoming and 3 hours and 30 minutes to Montana. The neighboring cities are Spearfish, Sturgis, and Deadwood. It would take approximately 40 hours to drive from Rapid City to the east coast of the United States. Learn more about traveling to Rapid City and explore the beauty of the Black Hills.

Nearest Counties | Corresponding Zip Codes --- | --- Pennington County | 57701, 57702, 57703, 57709 Meade County | 57706, 57732, 57785 Lawrence County | 57732, 57754, 57783, 57769 Custer County | 57730, 57744, 57783 Fall River County | 57747, 57718, 57769, 57785

Destination Distance from Rapid City (miles) Time to Drive at 50 mph (hours) Timezone Change (hours)
Yosemite National Park 1,200 24 -2
White House in Washington D.C. 1,500 30 +1
Denali National Park 2,500 50 -3
Las Vegas Strip 700 14 -1
Citizens Bank Park 1,400 28 +1
Niagara Falls 1,200 24 +1
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 1,300 26 -2
Yellowstone 600 12 -1
Manhattan 1,500 30 +1
Grand Canyon 900 18 -1

Other times in the United States

The United States has four main time zones and six time zones including Alaska and Hawaii. Time can span between six hours and range from -5 UTC hours to -10 UTC, making time in Rapid City change by a 6 hour time frame in the United States. Here are the most popular current times across the USA.

City State Timezone 12-hour time 24 hour time Military time
New York City New York Eastern Time 11:25 PM 23:25 2325
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Eastern Time 11:25 PM 23:25 2325
Boston Massachusetts Eastern Time 11:25 PM 23:25 2325
Chicago Illinois Central Time 10:25 PM 22:25 2225
Phoenix Arizona Mountain Time 8:25 PM 20:25 2025
Los Angeles California Pacific Time 8:25 PM 20:25 2025

Fast Facts About Rapid City

What time zone is Rapid City in?

Rapid City is in the Mountain Time time zone

What is Rapid City time compared to UTC?

UTC or Coordinated Universal Time is the global time standard, and Rapid City is offset by -7:00.