San Juan History & Culture
San Juan County is located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, bordering Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. San Juan County is comprised of 5500 square miles located in the beautiful “Four Corners” area in the U.S.
The vast Navajo Nation Reservation lies adjacent to the county, as does the Jicarilla Indian Reservation. The locale is recognized worldwide for premier big game hunting and for abundant fishing, particularly in the quality waters of the three rivers (Animas, La Plata, & San Juan River), which flow through the area. Numerous outdoor activities, including camping, boating, swimming, water skiing, wind surfing, golf, live horse racing, and hiking may be enjoyed year round.
In addition to these activities San Juan County has many other points of interest such as Indian ruins, including Chaco Canyon National Park, the Aztec Ruins, Salmon Ruins, and Mesa Verde National. Farmington, the largest city in the County, provides a shopping hub for the area which covers a 150 mile radius and includes the smaller towns of Aztec, Bloomfield, and Shiprock, New Mexico, as well as several towns in Colorado including Durango and Cortez.
Las Vegas-style gaming is available at several area casinos on the reservation, and at the County fairgrounds just outside of Farmington. The quality of life, clean air, parent-involved school systems, and the “small-town” atmosphere make this an ideal locale to live and raise children.