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.
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.
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.
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.

Crime Rate

Property Crime

The amount of crime in a community is an indicator of the quality of life, of the degree to which people feel safe to move freely in their neighborhoods and enjoy raising a family without undue worry and concern. The Property Crime Index includes burglary, larceny and theft, and motor vehicle theft.

In 2020, the property crime index was just below the U.S. and significantly below New Mexico's rate. There were 2026 arrests for property crimes by the four law enforcement agencies that report to the FBI Uniform Crime program for San Juan County.
Number of Property Crimes in 2020

Trends in Property Crime

The rate of property crime has decreased over the past several years across the county, state and the U.S.

Violent Crime

In San Juan County in 2020, there were over 817 violent crimes reported to the FBI Uniform Crime reporting system, giving a Violent Crime Index of 656 crimes per 100,000. The Violent Crime Index includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

San Juan County's violent crime rate is just below New Mexico's rate, but still above the U.S. rate.

Number of Violent Crimes in 2020

Trends in Violent Crime

San Juan County's violent crime rate increased dramatically from 2015 to 2018, but has declined in the past two years to what it was prior to that increase.

Juvenile Arrests

In 2019, there were 549 juvenile arrests/delinquency court cases (247 Petitioned and 302 Non-petitioned), giving a rate of 35.6 arrests per 1,000 juveniles. This is generally similar to New Mexico's rate overall.
Juvenile Arrests


There has been a downward trend in juvenile arrests, mostly due to the decrease in "non-petitioned" cases. Non-petitioned cases are those which often result in dismissal or informal sanctions such as fines, community service, informal probation, or referral to a social services agency.

County, state and national crime statistics available from: FBI Uniform Crime Reports:
Juvenile Crime statistics available from: Easy Access to State and County Juvenile Court Case Counts:
Property and Violent Crime Indeces are based on reports provided by four LE Agencies: Farmington PD, SJC Sheriff's Office, Aztec PD and Bloomfield PD. These numbers do not include State Police or Navajo Nation Police arrests.

Juvenile arrests are not comparable across states due to different reporting practices, arrest rules and laws, as well as different juvenile age limits. 

For Juvenile Arrest Rates: The numerator is the number of delinquency cases formally processed in juvenile court (petitioned) and the number of delinquency cases informally handled (non-petitioned) for individuals ages 10 to the upper age of jurisdiction for a juvenile court.

Non-petitioned cases often result in dismissal or informal sanctions such as fines, community service, informal probation, or referral to a social services agency.

Petitioned cases could also be dismissed, but the accused juvenile offender still has their case processed by a juvenile court judge before determining their decision.

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