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

Marijuana Use

Marijuana Use - High School

Self-report of current (past 30 day) marijuana use among high school age students in San Juan County is 27.6%, similar to New Mexico's 28.4%, and significantly above the U.S. rate (21.7%). New Mexico is ranked the 1st worst state in the U.S. for past 30 day marijuana use among high school age youth.

Marijuana Use, Past 30-day
Marijuana Use and Driving

Trends, Marijuana and Other Drug Use - High School

Statistically, there has not been a significant change in past 30 day marijuana use, although the rate of having tried marijuana before age 13 decreased from 28% in 2003 to a low of 8.7% in 2013, and then increased again to 16.9% in 2019. 

Early Initiation of Marijuana Use

In San Juan County, 16.9% of high school students report first use of marijuana before age 13, which is statistically similar to New Mexico's rate of 14.5% and significantly above the U.S. rate of 5.6%. Of the 38 states that participate in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, New Mexico is ranked the 1st worst state for early initiation of marijuana use, or "first use before age 13."
Marijuana Use Before Age 13
Ever Used Marijuana (High School)

Marijuana Use - Middle School

Marijuana indicators for middle school students are slightly above, but statistically in the same range as those for New Mexico. In San Juan County, 17.5% of middle school students report having ever used marijuana, and 10.5% report current (past 30 day) use. Across New Mexico, 14.3% report having ever used, and 8.7% report past 30 day use of marijuana. National results are not available for comparison.
Marijuana Use Past 30-day Middle School
Lifetime (Ever used) marijuana

Trends, Marijuana Use - Middle School

Self-report measures of marijuana use among middle school age students in San Juan County have been consistent over the years of the survey.

Community Perceptions

On the 2020 New Mexico Community Survey, San Juan County residents were asked how easy they think it is for teens to access substances. Respondents perceive it is generally easier for teens to access marijuana than alcohol.
Youth Self-report: New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), New Mexico Department of Health.

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

National data are available from the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), which New Mexico's YRRS is a part of:

Community Perception Data: Local data collected with the New Mexico Community Survey, San Juan County Partnership. (
** "Current use" refers to report of use in the past 30-days.

The Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is administered across New Mexico with high school and middle school students in the Fall of odd-numbered years, by the NM Dept. of Health and NM Public Education Dept. It was most recently done in Fall 2019.

Middle school reports for 2019 are not yet available, and this page will be updated when these are published.

The New Mexico Community Survey is a convenience sample survey administered in San Juan County annually in the spring.

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