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


Housing Supply

In 2021, it was estimated that there were 47,980 total number of housing units, including 85% occuped/15% vacant, and 70.7% "owner occupied."

Of the occupied housing units, 3% lacked complete plumbing and 3% lacked complete kitchen facilities. 

Mobile homes continue to represent a relatively large proportion of the housing supply in San Juan County, at one third (30%) of the housing units. For comparison, across the U.S., mobile homes or manufactured housing comprises 3% of the housing in urban areas, and 15% in rural areas.

Housing Units (est. 2021)

Rentals & Homeownership


In 2021, 29% of the housing units were renter-occupied. The Census American Community Survey estimated the median rent in San Juan County to be $827 in 2021.

Of those renting, 39% pay more than 30% of their income toward rent.

In 2021, there was a 5.4% rental vacancy rate.

Renter Occupied
$ Median Rent (2021)
Housing Cost Burdened
Pay > 30% of Income on Rent
Rental Vacancy Rate


In 2021, of the 40,844 occupied housing units, 71% were owner-occupied.

Of those homeowners with a mortgage, median estimated monthly owner costs were $1292 in 2021, with 27% of homeowners being housing cost burdened, that is paying more than 30% of their income toward housing costs. 

The homeowner vacancy rate across the county was estimated to be 2.1% in 2021.

Owner Occupied
$ Median Housing Cost - Mortgaged
Housing Cost Burdened
Pay > 30% of Income on Housing Costs
Homeowner Vacancy Rate
Housing Characteristics: Census, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates, 2019 (Table DP04), Direct Link for San Juan County.
1-year estimates for Housing 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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