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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.


Safety-Related Risk Behaviors - High School Youth

On the 2021 YRRS, 17.6%, of high school youth reported they had skipped school due to safety concerns. This is just above New Mexico (14.9%), and significantly above the U.S. percent of 8.6%.
Skipped School due to Safety Concerns


Trends for safety indicators are shown below. There has been a significant decrease in physical fights over time, and an increase in skipping school due to safety concerns, most recently to 17.6% on the 2021 YRRS.

Safety-Related Risk Behaviors - Middle School Youth

On the 2021 Middle School YRRS, more than one-third of the students (39.5%) reported they had been bullied on school property at some time; 32.4% reported they had been in a physical fight (24.8% of females and 39.8% of males); and 35.3% reported they had carried a weapon at some time in their lives.
Bullied on School Property
Been in a Physical Fight
Ever Carried a Weapon

Trends - Middle School

Trends for safety indicators among middle school students are shown below. Not surprisingly, given the pandemic restrictions, on the 2021 YRRS, a smaller percentage of student reported having been bullied on school property (which decreased from 47.8% to 39.5%), and a somewhat larger percentage reported the experience of electronic bullying (from 20.8% to 26.3%). (Note these questions ask if the youth has "ever" had the experience.)

Domestic Violence

In 2021, there were 1266 domestic violence incidents reported to Law Enforcement in San Juan County, for a rate of 11 incidents per 1,000 population, a rate that is similar to New Mexico's rate of 10 incidents.

San Juan County was ranked 7th in 2021 among New Mexico's counties, and comprised 10% of all domestic violence cases filed in 2021 in the state.

Of the incidents for which there was information available for substance use status, 49% involved alcohol/drug use, compared to 28% across the state. And, 27% of the incidents involved a weapon, compared to 54% across the state. 55% of the incidents in San Juan involved an injury, compared to 41% in New Mexico overall.

Number of Domestic Violence Incidents Reported to Law Enforcement (2021)
Incidents involved Alcohol/Drug use


The overall trend for rates of domestic violence in San Juan County has been unchanged over the past 10 years, and rates are similar to those for New Mexico overall. (Note rates for San Juan, years 2013-2015, are not available.)

Youth Self-Report Data: New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), New Mexico Department of Health.

National Youth Data: National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS):

Domestic Violence Data: New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.
Current and past reports are available at
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.

Dr. Betty Caponera established the Interpersonal Violence Data Central Repository in 1999 as part of the NMCSAP. As Director, Betty oversees statewide domestic violence and sexual assault data collection from law enforcement and service provider agencies and magistrate and district courts.

The Rate of Domestic Violence for San Juan County was calculated based on the number of incidents and a 2020 Census population of 121,661.

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