We entered from the south side of the park and began our search for a campsite. Most campgrounds are first-come, first-served but a few sites, such as Black Rock, Cottonwood, Indian Cove, and Jumbo Rocks, do take reservations (with a $20 fee per campsite). Our backup option was to camp in the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) area just outside of the park - they offer free dispersed camping, but the downside is this area is pretty close to the freeway.
We set up camp and watched the sun set in the surprisingly refreshing breeze. After dinner, the stars started to show themselves, one by one, with appearances from Mars, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and the Milky Way! The rangers had brought out telescopes to the Cottonwood Amphitheater so we had the privilege to see Saturn's rings, Jupiter's red eye, the Andromeda Galaxy, a star nursery, and a dead star. The rangers were friendly and eager to share their knowledge, making the experience exciting and enjoyable.
The Night Sky