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.
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.
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.
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 Aztec Ruins National Monument, on 318 acres, consists of dwellings and sacred structures built by Ancient Pueblo Indians in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
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.

Income & Poverty

Household Income

In 2019, the median household income in San Juan County was estimated to be $46,201, just below New Mexico's estimate of 52k and less than the U.S. 65.7k. (See Notes below for other estimates.) The estimated per capita income was $35,999, compared to $43,326 across New Mexico.

Median Household Income (2019)
Per Capita Personal Income


San Juan County's median household income has declined since 2016, and for the first time has fallen below that of New Mexico's. 

Poverty Rate

In 2019 there were over 24,000 people in San Juan County (20% of the population) who were living below the poverty level. This includes 26.9% of children under 18 and 14.5% of those over 65. (See notes below for other estimates.)

Of the 43,000 households across the county, 17.9% received SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits.

Poverty (All Ages)
Children Under 18
Over 65


Over the past 20 years, San Juan County's poverty level has remained consistent, with one in five people (20%) living below the poverty line. Poverty rates across New Mexico and the U.S. gradually decreased from 2013 to 2019.

Sources for income and poverty are from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPES), retrieved from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Direct Link for San Juan County):

Additional estimates for Income and Poverty: U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates: Direct Link for San Juan County.
The 1-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimate of median household income for 2019 was $44,321, and the 5-year ACS estimate was $50,518. Because the income decreased from 2016 to 2019, the 5-year estimate is likely an over-estimate. Because estimating income is a focus of the SAIPES or Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates of the U.S. Census, the estimate is considered to be a solid and reliable source.

The 1-year ACS estimate of poverty s 21.2% of the population, 30.5% of children under 18, and 16.8% of those over 65. The 5-year ACS estimates are similar to those above (from SAIPES): 21% of the population, 27.4% of children and 14.5% of those over 65.

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