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.
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.
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.

Nutrition & Exercise


On the CDC survey with adults, 84% of San Juan County adult residents reported they did not get the daily recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables. This is statistically similar to New Mexico.

Among youth, on the 2019 YRRS, three-fourths (76%) of high school students reported they did not get the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily, compared to 82% across New Mexico. A similar percentage (72%) reported they did not eat breakfast during the past week.

ADULTS: Do Not Get Rec. Nutrition
5 or more fruits / veg per day.
YOUTH: Do Not Get Rec. Nutrition
5 or more fruits / veg per day.

Race/Ethnicity and Sex

Among adults and youth, patterns of nutrition habits are similar across Races/Ethnicities. Among adults, males are somewhat higher in reporting they do not get the recommended daily allowances; among youth, that pattern is reversed for males and females.

Food Environment

Food security is an indicator of a household’s ability to provide enough food for every person in the household to have an active, healthy life.

Below are the results for 'all ages' and for 'children' from 2019 (the latest county-level data available) from Feed America.

In 2020, New Mexico's rate increased to 16.8% and was ranked 1st in overall food insecurity (compared to a U.S. rate of 11.7% in 2020).


Weight is a significant health factor which can directly contribute to other health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

In San Juan County in 2020, 70.7% adults were overweight or obese, as measured by a CDC survey question that asks height and weight, which are then used to calculate Body Mass Index or BMI, an indicator of excess body fat. This is statistically similar to New Mexico's rate of overweight or obese (68.2%) but similar to the U.S. (67.1%).

Among youth, 33.8% were either overweight or obese, as calculated from reported height and weight (17.7% overweight and 16.0% obese). This is similar to high school students across New Mexico (31.8%). 

By sex, youth rates of overweight/obesity is similar for males and females. Among adults, males have higher rates of being overweight or obese (75.8%) than females (68.5%). 

ADULTS: Overweight or Obese
YOUTH: Overweight or Obese

Weight Trends

Over the last 10 years, weight has remained relatively steady among both youth and adults.

Physical Activity and Exercise

Physical activity is an important health factor that contributes to both physical and mental health.

In 2020, 14.8% of high school aged youth reported "no days" of physical activity or exercise during the previous week, and 26.5% reported physical activity on every day. Girls are more likely than boys to be physically inactive. 

Among adults, 23.1% reported no activity or exercise outside of their work in the past month. Similar to youth, adult women are more likely to be inactive than men.

Youth Data:
Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), NM Dept of Health.
Current (2019) County Report:

Historical YRRS trend data (currently for 2013, 2015 and 2017) from New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS):

National Youth Data: National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). The New Mexico YRRS is part of the YRBSS system of surveys, and is unique in that it adds resiliency questions: 

Adult Data: 
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), CDC.
Retrieved from New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS). 

Additional information and national data are available from the CDC website: 

Food Insecurity:
Direct Link Data Map, San Juan County -

See the Feeding American website ( for information and additional data.
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).

Adult BRFSS data above are provided for 2017-2019 average, because these survey data fluctuate from year to year.

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