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
Paria, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Sunrise at Thor's Hammer, Bryce Canyon National Park
Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Stone column at Arches National Park, Utah
Turret Arch at dawn, Arches National Park, Utah
Snowfall on trees near Silverton, Colorado
Silver birch trees in Colorado
Dusk at the Little Painted Desert County Park, Arizona
Morning at Mesa Arch, Utah
Colorado River gooseneck, Canyonlands National Park
Mittens, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
Snow in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah