Chris...I went with my family so I didn't use the guide.
If you've never been there before, I would recommend you to stop by. There are too many angles you can take pictures which are different from others.
How many times do you see pictures of Yosemite, Yellowstones, Grand Canyon etc.?
If you don't want to go to places where people already went, you might end up having no places to take photographs at all.
Too bad I am not a purist! I for one would not drive for 9 hours just to be in a sleeping bag in nowhere. I'd better camp in a nearby state park