Phoenix-based photographer Joel Hazelton is well known for his images of Arizona's most rugged backcountry destinations. A frequent contributor to Arizona Highways, Hazelton considers himself an outdoorsman first and a photographer second " " and that close relationship to nature shines in his photographs. Born in Phoenix, Hazelton spent his childhood hiking the desert ranges surrounding the city. Now, he spends his free time exploring the most remote and beautiful places in Arizona. Arizona's Backcountry celebrates those destinations with more than 25 stunning photographs.