I've been out in Utah for a few days now in Zion National Park. The focus of the trip here was primarily night skies...and the conditions are perfect for it!
Here's an image of the milky way from the first scene we stopped to shoot it at. I'm not sure this area even has a name, but we have called it "the bonsai tree". This little tree hanging off the side of this boulder makes for a good image anytime, but when the milky way rises in the valley between the two "mountains", it is a sight to see!
Manual Exposure Mode, 30 seconds, F/2.8, ISO 3200, 15mm
Photographing the milky way is super easy! The hardest part is doing the research to figure out the time and position of it in relation to your subject. The camera settings are easy...manual mode, 30 second shutter speed, ISO 3200 and set your aperture as wide open as your lens will allow.
This image was made with my Canon 5D III and Tamron 15-30mm Lens. All resting atop my Sirui N-3204X and K-30 Ballhead.