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

Traffic Crashes & Fatalities

Traffic Fatalities

In 2023, there were 20 traffic fatalities, down from 34 in 2021. 8 of these (40%) involved drivers under the influence of alcohol. By comparison, alcohol was involved in 17.9% of traffic crash fatalities in New Mexico.
Traffic Fatalities in Alcohol-Involved Crashes
Of the 20 traffic fatalities (in 2023)
8 were in alcohol-involved crashes

Trends, Traffic Crash Fatalities

The number of traffic fatalities in 2020, 2022 and 2023 were than in the previous 10 years.

Trends, Alcohol-Involved Traffic Crashes

San Juan County is among the worst counties in New Mexico for rates of alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes.

The total number of alcohol-involved crashes increased in 2021 and 2022. Over a longer period of time (not shown), there has been a gradual decline in the number of alcohol-involved traffic crashes, decreasing from 302 crashes with alcohol-impaired drivers in 2001, to 149 in 2020.

The numbers of crashes involving alcohol-impaired underage drivers (under age 21) have been relatively unchanged.

Alcohol-Involved Crashes with Drivers Under Age 21

Males are typically more likely to be the driver in an underage alcohol-involved crash compared to females. In 2021 and 2022, the number of alcohol-involved crashes were more similar among males and females, with overall fewer alcohol-involved crashes with male underage drivers, and an increase among females underage drivers.

Crash Severity

Alcohol-involved crashes are proportionally more severe, that is, are more likely to involve a fatality or injury, compared to non-alcohol crashes.

In 2022 of the 211 alcohol-involved crashes; 6.2% of them (13) were fatal crashes and 37.4% involved an injury. By comparison, there were 1856 non-alcohol involved crashes; less than 1% of them (5) resulted in a fatality and 27% involved an injury.
Sources for alcohol-involved crashes are the Community Reports for San Juan County, New Mexico Department Transportation, Traffic Safety; published in collaboration with UNM Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS):

Fatalities data are from the New Mexico Dept of Transportation Monthly Traffic Fatality Reports:

DWI data and comparison rates were drawn from the NMDOT New Mexico DWI Reports:

National statistics for alcohol-involvement, available for 2018:

Updated Jan 29, 2024
An alternative rate for traffic crash data is 100M VMT (vehicle miles traveled), which takes into account distances traveled relative to crashes. San Juan Couny has a rate of 8.3 alcohol-involved crashes per 100M VMT, compared to New Mexico's rate pf 7.7.

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