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


Suicide Rates

In 2019, in San Juan County there were 33 deaths by suicide, with a rate of 28.5 deaths per 100,000, which is twice that of the U.S. rate of 14.8. Of the 189 suicides in the past 5 years, 151 were males, 35 were females.
Suicides in 2019
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Suicide Trends

As can be seen from the graph, suicide rates have increased over the past 20 years, across the county, as well as across New Mexico and the U.S. San Juan County's suicide rate is consistently above New Mexico and the U.S.

Suicide: Race-Ethnicity and Age

The suicide rate among White residents in San Juan County has historically been higher than among Native American residents, but are more similar for the most recent time frame. Rates among both Whites and Native Americans have increased in recent years, whereas rates for Hispanics has remained consistent across time.

There is an interaction of age and Race/Ethnicity: the average age of suicide by Native Americans and Hispanics is significantly younger than that of Whites.

Among age groups, 25-34 year olds have the highest rate of suicide, at 54.2 deaths per 100k, followed by 64-74 year olds, with a rate of 41.2 (2015-2019). Rates of suicide are higher among young, Native American males than any other subgroup.


Average Age at Time of Suicide

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San Juan County and New Mexico suicide rates and trends: New Mexico Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS):

National US Rates: America's Health Rankings:
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.

Age of Death Query at the NM-IBIS website allows you to search for age of death for specific cause of death, such as suicide: 

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