The San Juan River is a 383 mile long major tributary of the Colorado River and a primary drainage for the Four Corners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Mental Health


Mental Health - High School Youth

Across San Juan County, in 2019, 39.2% of high school students reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness in the past year (for every day for two or more weeks): 49.6% of girls and 29.1% of boys. Overall, this is statistically similar to New Mexico (41%) and the U.S. (37%).

Felt Sad or Hopeless
Everyday for 2 weeks or more, Past 12 months
Males
Females

Trends Mental Health Indicators - High School Aged Youth

There has been a marked increase in the percentage of youth who report persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. This trend has been true for the county, as well as across the state and U.S. Other indicators of mental health have remained relatively consistent.

Mental Health Indicators - Comparisons

Persistent feelings of sadness have increased among all subpopulations. Among males, the percentage increased from 19% in 2013 to 29% in 2019. Among females, from 37% in 2013 to 49% in 2019. The rate of increase among race/ethnicities has been similar. Note the overall rate among gay, lesbian and bisexual youth is more than twice the percentage among straight youth.

Housing Instability Among High School Youth

In 2019, 4.8% of youth in high school who completing the YRRS reported they were homeless or living in "unstable" housing situations (that is, other than living with parents or guardians). A new YRRS question in 2019 found that 7.5% of youth had slept away from home at some point in the past 30 days because they had been "kicked out, ran away, or were abandoned?" Both of these rates are similar to New Mexico rates.

Housing stability greatly impacts the mental health of youth. Those living in unstable housing situations are at significantly higher risk of substance abuse and poor mental health outcomes.
Homelessness Among Youth

Where "usually sleep" is not with
parents or guardians, 
past 30 days

Kicked out, Ran away or Abandoned
Reason for sleeping somewhere
other than home,
past 30 days

Mental Health - Adults

A question on the CDC telephone survey with adults (the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, or BRFSS) asks, "Now thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?" In general, counties where residents experience a higher number of unhealthy days are likely to have higher unemployment, poverty, and prevalence of disability than counties with fewer unhealthy days.

14 days or more days of poor mental health per month is defined by the CDC to be "frequent mental distress," tending to suggest persistent mental health issues that impact quality of life. Rates are higher for women than men.

In San Juan County, in 2018, 15.5% reported 14 or more poor mental health days in the past month, which slight above but statistically similar to New Mexico (14.8%) and the U.S. (13.8%). The 2020 Health People goal was to reduce this number to 10%.

Frequent Mental Distress
14 or more days "not good" 
past month
Males
Females

Mental Health - Race/Ethnicity and Sex

In addition to asking about mental health in the past month, the BRFSS survey also asks respondents to indicate whether they are experiencing a "doctor diagnosed depression." Women are more likely than men, and whites are more likely than other races/ethnicities to be diagnosed with depression.

Youth data for San Juan County: Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), New Mexico Dept of Health. See www.youthrisk.org to download the county report.

National Youth Data: National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) https://yrbs-explorer.services.cdc.gov/#/

Adult data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), CDC. Available at NM-IBIS and at https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/index.html
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.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) volunteer telephone survey with adults across the U.S. These data area most readily available from New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS). Additional information is available from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/

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