About San Juan County
San Juan County is located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, bordering Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. San Juan County is comprised of 5,538 square miles located in the beautiful “Four Corners” area in the U.S. The area boasts four seasons, yet milder climate with miles of beautiful rivers running through it. The shopping, progressive schools, state of the art medical facilities, and friendly people are all reasons to love the sunny area. For more information about the area, please visit:
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is located at 211 S. Oliver Drive, Aztec, NM. The “tri-city” area is comprised of Farmington (pop. 45,426), Aztec (pop. 6,578), and Bloomfield (pop. 7,801). All three cities are within a 10-15 minute drive from one another.
There are two hotels in nearby Farmington located about 10-15 minutes driving time to the Sheriff’s Office are the “Best Western Plus” and “Marriott Town Place Suites”. Both are located next to shopping and numerous restaurants. Farmington has many other hotels but the two mentioned are the closest to the Sheriff’s Office.
There are a couple of places to stay in Aztec. The “Step Back Inn” is a quaint little Victorian style inn and the closest to the Sheriff’s Office (less than two miles away). Only a couple miles further is the “Microtel Inn and Suites” which was newly built in 2013. Aztec itself is limited on restaurants and shopping, but Farmington has a large number from Texas Roadhouse, to Chili’s, to St. Clair’s to fast food.
Best Western Plus Town Place Suites by Marriott
4751 Cortez Way 4200 Sierra Vista Dr.
Farmington, NM 87402 Farmington, NM 87402
(505) 564-8100 (505) 327-2442
Step Back Inn Microtel Inn & Suites
123 W. Aztec Blvd. 623 Phoenix Ct.
Aztec, NM 87410 Aztec, NM 87410
(505) 334-1200 (505) 334-4014
If you are planning on staying in the area for a few days, you may want to take the time to drive to a few local destinations. Durango, Colorado is an hour drive from Farmington and one of the most popular places for locals to go. It is at the foot of the La Plata Mountains, surrounded by pine trees and hills. Durango is famous for the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad www.durangotrain.com which does daily trips to the mining town of Silverton during summer months. Skiing and whitewater rafting are offered as well. Durango has a quaint downtown area with gift shops and a variety of excellent restaurants to choose from.
If fishing is something you enjoy, San Juan River Quality Waters may be a place to visit. Quality Waters is famous for world class fly fishing and draws people from all over the world. Quality Waters is located at the base of the Navajo Dam Reservoir, a local’s getaway for boating, fishing, and swimming. The Farmington area has several Native American ruins that draw many tourists each year. Mesa Verde, Aztec Ruins, and Chaco Canyon are three such local ruins. If golf is something you enjoy, stay in Farmington and visit Pinon Hills Golf Course, rated #4 in the nation for a municipal golf course www.pinonhillsgolf.com.
If you are flying to New Mexico, Farmington has a municipal airport which is somewhat expensive to fly into. Durango, Colorado has a larger airport which is about a one hour drive to the Farmington-Aztec area. Albuquerque is the largest airport in the proximity and will probably have the best rates. It is about a three hour drive from Albuquerque to Farmington/Aztec.