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.
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 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 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.
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.

Nutrition & Exercise


On the CDC survey with adults, 86.5% of San Juan County adult residents reported they consume less than the daily recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables. In other words, only 13.5% reported they at the recommeded daily allowance. This is statistically similar to New Mexico.

Among youth, on the 2021 YRRS, three-fourths (79.1%) of high school students reported they did not get the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily, compared to 83.7% across New Mexico. A similar percentage (77.9%) of high school youth in San Juan County 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

Graphs below show percentages of subpopulations who reported that they DO consume the recommended 5 fruits/veg per day. (Higher is considered better.)

Overall, youth are more likely than adults to eat the recommeded daily allowance. By Race/Ethnicity, among adults, on the 2021 CDC survey Native American respondents were more likley to report that they got the recommended daily allowance.

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 2021 from Feed America.

On the 2021 YRRS, 15.8% of high school youth reported they are hungry "sometimes," "most times," or "always."


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 2021, 72.3% of adults were overweight or obese, 75.6% of men and 69.2% of women, 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' (70.6%) and the U.S. (68.3%).

Among youth, 42.9% were either overweight or obese, as calculated from reported height and weight, up from 33.8% in 2019. This is somewhat above the percentage of high school students overall in New Mexico (37.6%). 

By sex, youth rates of overweight/obesity is similar for males and females. Among adults, males have somewhat higher rates of being overweight or obese (75.6%) than females (69.2%). 

ADULTS: Overweight or Obese
YOUTH: Overweight or Obese

Weight Trends

Over the last 10 years, weight has remained relatively unchanged among adults. On the 2021 YRRS, a higher percentage of youth were in the 'obese' category of BMI.

Physical Activity and Exercise

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

On the 2021 YRRS, 13.9% of high school aged youth reported "no days" of physical activity or exercise during the previous week, and 28.2% reported physical activity on every day. Girls are more likely than boys to be physically inactive. 

Among adults in San Juan County, on the 2021 CDC survey, 25.1% 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.

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).

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