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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.


Housing Supply

In 2019, it was estimated that there were 51,481 total number of housing units, 82.7% occupied and 17.3% vacant. Of the occupied housing units, 2.2% lacked complete plumbing and 2.9% lacked complete kitchen facilities. 

Mobile homes continue to represent a relatively large proportion of the housing supply in San Juan County, at one third (33%) of the housing units. For comparison, across the U.S., mobile homes or manufactured housing comprises 3% of the housing in urban areas, and 15% in rural areas.

Housing Units (est. 2019)

Rentals & Homeownership


In 2019, 33.3% of the housing units were renter-occupied. The Census American Community Survey estimated the median rent in San Juan County to be $817, averaged across 2015-2019.

Of those renting, 44.4% pay more than 30% of their income toward rent, including 34.8% who pay more than 35% toward rent and are therefore extremely housing cost burdened.

In 2019, there was a 11.7% rental vacancy rate, compared to an overall 7% across the U.S.

Renter Occupied
$ Median Rent (5-year ave. 2015-19)
Housing Cost Burdened
Pay > 30% of Income on Rent
Rental Vacancy Rate


In 2019, of the 42,561 occupied housing units, 66.7% were owner-occupied, 47.2% with a mortgage and 52.8% without. 

Of those homeowners with a mortgage, median estimated monthly owner costs were $1284 in 2019, with 35% of homeowners being housing cost burdened, that is paying more than 30% of their income toward housing costs. 

The homeowner vacancy rate across the county was estimated to be 5.1% in 2019, compared to 1.4% across the U.S.

Owner Occupied
$ Median Housing Cost - Mortgaged
Housing Cost Burdened
Pay > 30% of Income on Rent
Rental Vacancy Rate
Housing Characteristics: Census, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates, 2019 (Table DP04), Direct Link for San Juan County.
1-year estimates for Housing were provided to reflect most recent trends. See also 5-year estimates (Direct Link) for estimates that have less error but that are less reflective of recent changes.

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