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.
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 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.
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.
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.

Marijuana Use

Marijuana Use - High School

In 2021, self-report of current (past 30 day) marijuana use among high school age students in San Juan County was 18.1%, similar to New Mexico's 20.3%.

Marijuana Use, Past 30-day
Marijuana Use and Driving

Trends, Marijuana and Other Drug Use - High School

Through 2021, there was not a significant change in past 30-day cannabis use among high school students. However, there were substantial declines in 2021, from 27.6% reporting past 30-day use in 2019, down to 18.1% in 2021.

Early Initiation of Marijuana Use

In San Juan County, in 2021 10.7% of high school students report first use of marijuana before age 13, which is statistically similar to New Mexico's rate of 11.1%, and above the U.S. rate of 4.9%.
Marijuana Use Before Age 13
Ever Used Marijuana (High School)

Marijuana Use - Middle School

Marijuana indicators for middle school students are in the same range as those for New Mexico.

In 2021, in San Juan County, 10% of middle school students report having ever used marijuana, and 5.9% report current (past 30 day) use. Across New Mexico, 10.8% report having ever used, and 6.8% report past 30 day use of marijuana.
Lifetime (Ever used) marijuana
Marijuana Use Past 30-day Middle School

Trends, Marijuana Use - Middle School

Self-report measures of marijuana use among middle school age students in San Juan County have not shown a consistent pattern over the years of the survey. Through 2019, but both current and lifetime (ever) use trended upward, but results from the Fall 2021 YRRS showed a decrease in substance use among youth.



Download an infographic about cannabis use among youth and adults in San Juan County.

Community Perceptions

On the 2020 New Mexico Community Survey, San Juan County residents were asked how easy they think it is for teens to access substances. Respondents perceive it is generally easier for teens to access marijuana than alcohol.
Youth Self-report: New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), New Mexico Department of Health.

Historical YRRS trend data (currently for 2013, 2015 and 2017) from New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS): 

National data are available from the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), which New Mexico's YRRS is a part of:

Community Perception Data: Local data collected with the New Mexico Community Survey, San Juan County Partnership. (
** "Current use" refers to report of use in the past 30-days.

The Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is administered across New Mexico with high school and middle school students in the Fall of odd-numbered years, by the NM Dept. of Health and NM Public Education Dept.

The New Mexico Community Survey is a convenience sample survey administered across the state and in San Juan County annually in the spring.

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