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 eggs and hoodoos in the Bisti Wilderness were formed in sand and silt revealed 73 million years ago when the Western Interior Seaway receded.
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 San Juan River is a 383 mile long major tributary of the Colorado River and a primary drainage for the Four Corners.
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.
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.
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.

Alcohol-Related Death

San Juan County is ranked 4th among the state's 33 counties for alcohol-related deaths, with a rate of 169.3 deaths per 100,000 population in 2021, a rate that is four times the national U.S. rate of 41.5 (in 2020).

A rate of 169.3 deaths per 100,000 represents 199 alcohol-related deaths across the county in 2021 which were related to excessive or chronic use of alcohol (such as alcohol liver disease), alcohol poisoning, or alcohol-involved injury.
Number of Alcohol-Related Deaths in 2021
% Alcohol Related Deaths
Of 1,717 deaths in San Juan County
12% were related to alcohol use.


There has been a marked increase in San Juan County's rate of alcohol-involved deaths, particularly since 2013. Both alcohol-related injury and alcohol-involved chronic disease death rates have increased significantly; chronic disease deaths due to alcohol have risen even more sharply since 2013. There was a slight decreased in alcohol-related injury death in 2021.



Download an infographic about alcohol use and consequences in San Juan County.

New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-based Information System (NM-IBIS).
Alcohol-related deaths include those deaths which are directly attributable to alcohol, such as alcoholic liver disease and alcohol poisoning, as well as those deaths for which alcohol was a contributing factor. It also includes 'fractions' of those diseases which research has shown alcohol generally plays some part, such as hypertension and heart disease. This rate is different than the 100% attributable causes, which excludes alcohol-related injury deaths.

For more information, see Alcohol-Related ICD Codes:

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