After two months road tripping through the southwest USA, Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper captured the region’s stunning natural beauty through his lens. Here are a selection of his best photographs. 

As we began our two-month tour of America’s Southwest, I had no idea what was in store. But my companion did: as an ‘old school’ landscape photographer, he’d spent years of his life exploring the natural wonders of the southwestern states.

For him this journey was a trip down memory lane, revisiting his favourite spots in his favourite part of the world. He knew every square inch of territory. Every drive was calculated to give us enough time to reach our evening location, every secret spot where we could pitch our tents and remain undetected and undisturbed for the night was mapped and plotted in his photographic memory. This is the result.

The Toadstools, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

The Toadstools, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Paria, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Paria, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Slot Canyon, Arizona

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Sunrise at Thor’s Hammer, Bryce Canyon National Park

Sunrise at Thor's Hammer, Bryce Canyon NP

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, USA

Stone column at Arches National Park, Utah

Stone column at Arches Park, Utah, USA

Turret Arch at dawn, Arches National Park, Utah

Double Arch framing Turret Arch at Dawn, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Snowfall on trees near Silverton, Colorado

Snowfall on trees near Silverton Colorado, USA

Silver birch trees in Colorado

Silver birch trees in Colorado, USA.

Dusk at the Little Painted Desert County Park, Arizona

Dusk at the Little Painted Desert County Park, Arizona

Morning at Mesa Arch, Utah

Morning at Mesa Arch, Utah, USA

Colorado River gooseneck, Canyonlands National Park

Colorado River gooseneck, Canyonlands National Park

Mittens, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Monument Valley, USA – Tim Draper

Snow in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, Usa.

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