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.
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 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.
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.


The unemployment rate in San Juan County (in November 2024) was 3.6%, significantly lower than the most recent pandemic "high" in July 2020 of 11.6%.

The current rate is the same as New Mexico's rate of 4.0% and the U.S. rate. of 3.7% (in December).

Unemployment Rate (November 2023)


San Juan County's unemployment rate reached a peak, during the pandemic, of 11.6% in July 2020, and has recovered to its current rate of 4.0% (November, 2023).

The County's rate has generally followed state and national trends, but with additional local trends reflecting changes in the oil and gas industry, such as the increase in mid-2016.

Employment by Industry

The chart below shows the proportions of employment within major industries.

The percent of the San Juan County's workforce employed in Accommodation and Food Services has gradually increased over the past several years, from 6% in 2013 to 9.6% in 2019. Similarly, the proportion of those in Health Care and Social Assistance has increased from an average of 14% to 16.8%. Whereas, the proportion employed in Mining/Oil and Gas decreased from an average of 10% in years 2013-2018, to 8.4% in 2019.
Monthly Unemployment Rates: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unemployment Rate in San Juan County, NM [NMSANJ0URN], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis:

Updated Jan 29, 2024
1-year estimates for Employment were provided to reflect most recent trends. See also 5-year estimates (Direct Link) for estimates that have less error but that are less reflective of recent changes.

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