Last year's trip to Utah was one of our best astrophotography shoots to date. On that 2-week trip, Kathy and I spent 3-4 nights, dusk until dawn, walking around the desert and shooting the stars and the Milky Way in Arches, Zion, and Capitol Reef National Parks.
This is one of my favorite photos from that trip. The Milky Way was rising, and as we looked for night-time compositions, I was able to find a spot where the Milky Way appeared to flow into Skyline Arch. This photo is a composite of 25 stitched photos from a 35mm lens, so it shows a huge amount of sky and a lateral ground distance of probably more than a mile. The visible Milky Way distance in the shot is probably about 25,000 light-years, give or take. The stars at the top of the photo were approximately straight up.
Hope you like it