Here’s your 2022 full moon planning calendar for Arizona

Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy gazing up at a big, beautiful full moon? In Arizona, people sometimes go to great lengths for amazing full moon experiences. With a little planning and cooperative weather, you too can enjoy an eye-popping moonrise.

Tips for enjoying a full moon in Arizona

  • Best vantage points for watching the moonrise are on mountaintops with unobstructed views to the east
  • Your best opportunities for viewing both the sunset and full moon are the evening of actual full moon and the day before (Waxing Gibbous)
  • Waxing Gibbous describes the phase when the visible surface of the moon is getting larger day by day. This happens on the days leading up to full moon.
  • Waning Gibbous describes the phase when the visible surface of the moon is getting smaller day by day. This happens on the days following a full moon.
  • In summer months, it’s important to take extra precautions to protect yourself from the extreme heat Arizona is known for, even at night.

The moon’s phases

πŸŒ‘ New
πŸŒ’ Waxing Crescent
πŸŒ“ First Quarter
πŸŒ” Waxing Gibbous
πŸŒ• Full
πŸŒ– Waning Gibbous
πŸŒ— Third Quarter
🌘 Waning Crescent


When is full moon?

The most important thing you need to know for excellent moon-watching experiences is when the full moon will occur each month. The date of full moon varies from month to month. Some months actually get a full moon twice. The second full moon to occur in one month is called a “blue moon.”

Best dates in 2022 for experiencing a full moon in Phoenix*

Sunset and moonrise times will vary by up to ten minutes around the state. Tip: Unlike most of Arizona, some of the larger Indian reservations, such as Navajo Nation, do participate in Daylight Savings Time and are off by an hour during DST.

On your phone? Turn it sideways for best view of table below.

January 2022

Waxing165:44 p.m.4:37 p.m.
Full175:45 p.m.5:33 p.m.
Waning185:46 p.m.6:32 p.m.

February 2022

Waxing156:13 p.m.5:23 p.m.
Full166:13 p.m.6:24 p.m.
Waning176:14 p.m.7:26 p.m.

March 2022

Waxing176:37 p.m.6:15 p.m.
Full186:38 p.m.7:19 p.m.
Waning196:39 p.m.8:23 p.m.

April 2022

Waxing156:59 p.m.6:06 p.m.
Full16 6:59 p.m.7:13 p.m.
Waning177:00 p.m.8:23 p.m.

May 2022

Waxing147:21 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Full157:21 p.m.7:12 p.m.
Waning167:22 p.m.8:27 p.m.

June 2022

Waxing137:39 p.m.7:15 p.m.
Full147:39 p.m.8:28 p.m.
Waning157:39 p.m.9:34 p.m.

July 2022

Waxing127:39 p.m.7:12 p.m.
Full137:39 p.m.8:13 p.m.
Waning147:39 p.m.9:04 p.m.

August 2022

Waxing107:19 p.m.6:51 p.m.
Full117:18 p.m.7:37 p.m.
Waning127:17 p.m.8:16 p.m.

September 2022

Waxing 96:42 p.m.6:45 p.m.
Full106:41 p.m.7:16 p.m.
Waning116:39 p.m.7:46 p.m.

October 2022

Waxing 86:03 p.m.5:44 p.m.
Full 96:01 p.m.6:13 p.m.
Waning106:00 p.m.6:42 p.m.

November 2022

Waxing75:31 p.m.5:12 p.m.
Full85:30 p.m.5:44 p.m.
Waning95:29 p.m.6:21 p.m.

December 2022

Waxing65:20 p.m.4:19 p.m.
Full75:20 p.m.4:58 p.m.
Waning85:20 p.m.5:43 p.m.
  • Full moon rising over mountains
  • Full moon rising over mountains
  • full moon rising from behind rocky hill

It’s cool to see a massive full moon rising up over the horizon, but it’s even better if you plan ahead and watch it from a hilltop with your camera and someone you enjoy hanging out with. Use the tips and table above to plot your next amazing full moon viewing experience.

Take part in a guided full-moon tour in Phoenix

If you’re in the Phoenix area, consider participating in a full moon tour guided by Paul Fiarkoski – creator of this blog and author of Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide & Journal.

Want more info? Read this description of the experience offered in conjunction with Airbnb.


    1. Thanks for the feedback, Katelon. I’m basing that statement on personal experiences I’ve had on Navajo Nation. In the summer (DST) months, the time on the reservation is definitely one hour ahead of other places in Arizona that are not on the reservation. This is a sticking point for people who arrange tours on rez time and show up an hour late (on Phoenix time). 😳

      1. Sorry Paul. you are correct. AZ doesn’t follow DST, correct? I got them mixed up. I lived on the Navajo rez and I remember it was different than AZ.

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