A lovely story, Seajay.
When we were in Zion we had an almost full moon, so no expansive night sky like you had. But we've been fortunate enough to experience that view in other locations in the southwest. It is truly amazing the number of stars you can see if you wait for your eyes to adjust.
And I love to hear the coyotes. Tom and I stood in the cold on the terraces at Mammoth in Yellowstone one February and listened to a lengthy serenade. I kept hoping we'd see one silhouetted on the opposite hill, but no such luck. Still, we enjoyed the beauty and solitude of the moment.
Wanting to have more of those experiences was a prime factor in our buying the Vista.