After a 40-some mile drive in the dark through park, we arrived at the canyon. Santa Elaina is a very narrow canyon carved through 300 feet of rock vertical rock walls by the Rio Grand river. Unfortunately when the sun began rising, the heavy overcast prevented any direct sunlight on the canyon.
The arrow points to two other hikers who began the return hike soon after our arrival at the rock window.
Ina on the return hike form the rock window
I'll close this posting with a nice shot of the road north from Santa Elaina canyon. I'll upload all the pictures in this posting to our Flickr page.