The eggs and hoodoos in the Bisti Wilderness were formed in sand and silt revealed 73 million years ago when the Western Interior Seaway receded.
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (Bisti Badlands) is a 45,000-acre wilderness area full of rock formations made of sandstone, shale, mudstone, and silt.
Shiprock (Tsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings") is a 27 million year old volcanic rock formation, designated as a National Natural Landmark, rising 1,583 feet above the desert.
The La Plata Mountains, seen from San Juan County, are a small subrange of the San Juan Mountains in sw Colorado, and includes Hesperus Mountain at 13,332 feet.
Navajo Lake is a 3800 feet long and 400 feet deep reservoir located in northeastern San Juan County, created from a dam completed in 1962.
The San Juan River is a 383 mile long major tributary of the Colorado River and a primary drainage for the Four Corners.
Angel Peak Scenic Area is located 15 miles south of Bloomfield in San Juan County, with over 10,000 acres of rugged terrain, badlands and deep canyons.
The Aztec Ruins National Monument, on 318 acres, consists of dwellings and sacred structures built by Ancient Pueblo Indians in the 12th and 13th Centuries.


Violence and Safety-Related Risk Behaviors - Youth

On the 2019 YRRS, 13.7% of high school youth reported they had skipped school due to safety concerns, an increase from 7.9% in 2017. This is similar to New Mexico, but somewhat above the U.S. percent of 8.7%.

Nearly one-fourth of youth (22.4% in 2019) reported they had carried a weapon (gun, knife or club), which again is similar to New Mexico's rate (21.4%), but above the U.S. rate of 13.2%. Among San Juan County youth, 8% reported they carried a gun compared to 7.8% in New Mexico and 4.4% across the U.S.
Skipped School due to Safety Concerns
Carried a Weapon


Trends for safety indicators are shown below. There has been a significant decrease in physical fights over time. Most recently, in 2019, there was an increase in skipping school due to safety concerns.

Domestic Violence

In 2019, there were 1313 domestic violence incidents reported to Law Enforcement, for a rate of 10.6 per 1000 population, a rate that is similar to New Mexico's rate. San Juan County was ranked 7th in 2019 among New Mexico's counties. Of the 1161 incidents for which there was information available for substance use status, 40% involved alcohol/drug use, compared to 29% across the state. And, 19% of the incidents involved a weapon, compared to 51% across the state. 

Number of Domestic Violence Incidents Reported to Law Enforcement (2019)
Incidents involved Alcohol/Drug use


The overall trend for rates of domestic violence in San Juan County has decreased slightly from an average of 13 for years 2005-2009 to the current rate of 10.6 incidents per 1000.

Youth Self-Report Data: New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), New Mexico Department of Health.

National Youth Data: National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS):

Domestic Violence Data: New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.
Current and past reports are available at
The Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is part of the national YRBSS system of surveys and is administered across New Mexico with high school and middle school students in the Fall of odd-numbered years by the New Mexico Dept. of Health in collaboration with school districts and the New Mexico Public Education Dept. It was most recently done in Fall 2019.

Dr. Betty Caponera established the Interpersonal Violence Data Central Repository in 1999 as part of the NMCSAP. As Director, Betty oversees statewide domestic violence and sexual assault data collection from law enforcement and service provider agencies and magistrate and district courts.

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