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 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.
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.
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.
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.

Life Expectancy

In 2020, life expectancy at birth for San Juan County residents was 70.9 years. This is down from 75.8 in 2019, the decrease being primarily the result of COVID. 

San Juan's life expectancy is below the U.S. life expectancy of 77.0 years. Across the U.S., the life expectancy for males was 74.2 and for females was 79.9 years.

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Leading Causes of Death

In 2020, in San Juan County, there were 1543 deaths (compared to 1182 in 2019); the average age of death was 67.9 years. 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was the leading cause of death in 2020, with 328 deaths across the county in that year. Across New Mexico and in the U.S., COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.

Premature Death

Premature death is measured by the years of potential life lost (YPLL) before age 75. YPLL is a widely used measure as an indicator of overall community health and well-being.

San Juan County's rate of premature death is significantly higher than New Mexico and the U.S.

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Causes of Early Mortality & Injury-related Death

Whereas the leading causes of death are generally Cancer and Heart Disease, the leading cause of premature death is injury, accounting for 12.5% of all deaths in the county.

In 2020, the absolute number of years of potential life lost was 17,904. Of these, 5,635 years were the result of injury deaths -- in other words, death prior to age 75 as a result of an injury. 

In 2020, in San Juan County there were 194 total deaths due to injury, giving a rate of 163.8, nearly 3.5 times the national rate. Of the 194 deaths, there were 123 unintentional or accidental injury deaths and 48 by suicide (intentional).

The rate of unintentional injury in San Juan County is 101.4 deaths per 100,000, compared to 86.0 for New Mexico and 34.4 in the U.S.

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County and New Mexico data: New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS): 

National statistics on premature death (YPLL) and Injury:

Life Expectancy data abpve are porivded for "overall" life expectancy from birth. Life expectancy from age 65 in San Juan County is 20.2 (18.4 years for men and 21.8 years for women), and is similar to New Mexico and the U.S. 

NM-IBIS or New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System is a resource for health data, including self-report surveys and birth/death data, as well as demographic and environmental data.

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