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.
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.
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 San Juan River is a 383 mile long major tributary of the Colorado River and a primary drainage for the Four Corners.
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 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 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 2019 YRRS, 13.7% of high school youth reported they had skipped school due to safety concerns, an increase from 7.9% in 2017. This is similar to New Mexico, but somewhat above the U.S. percent of 8.7%.

Nearly one-fourth of youth (22.4% in 2019) reported they had carried a weapon (gun, knife or club) within the past 30 days; which is similar to New Mexico's rate (21.4%), but above the U.S. rate of 13.2%.
Skipped School due to Safety Concerns
Carried a Weapon in Past Month


Trends for safety indicators are shown below. There has been a significant decrease in physical fights over time. Most recently, in 2019, there was an increase in skipping school due to safety concerns.

Safety-Related Risk Behaviors - Middle School Youth

On the 2019 Middle School YRRS, nearly half of the students (47.9%) reported they had been bullied on school property; 49% reported they had been in a physical fight (36% of females and 61% of males); and 40% 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. There has been a general, gradual upward trend in these indicators. Overall, rates are similar to New Mexico.

Domestic Violence

In 2020, there were 1302 domestic violence incidents reported to Law Enforcement, for a rate of 10.7 per 1,000 population, a rate that is similar to New Mexico's rate of 10.2. San Juan County was ranked 7th in 2020 among New Mexico's 33 counties.

Of the 1164 incidents for which there was information available for substance use status, 44% involved alcohol/drug use, compared to 30% across the state. And, 14% of the incidents involved a weapon, compared to 53% across the state. 

Number of Domestic Violence Incidents Reported to Law Enforcement (2020)
Incidents involved Alcohol/Drug use


The overall trend for rates of domestic violence in San Juan County has decreased slightly from an average rate of approximately 13.0 for years 2005-2009 to the current rate of 10.7 incidents per 1000.

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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