squirl033, what time did you go there so the milky way was visible? is the road going up to artist point paved?
i actually went up there before dark, and spent the night in the back of my car in the parking lot... got up about 1:30 and started shooting at about 1:45 AM.
the road's paved all the way to the top, where there's ample parking and a restroom. the road is only open a few months out of the year, though, it usually closes sometime in late September or early October due to snow.