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Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo

17 Waldo Street, Cerrillos, NM 87010
+1 505-438-3008
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There are signs to go and see this place and then it seems that the do not want any visitors! I... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Paula S
Chicago, Illinois
Check to see if open; they till mine gemstones. Great store!

The petting zoo is fine to watch kids feed animals. The store is a few blocks off the main street... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Kaye B
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Todd & Patricia Brown are owners of the Casa Grande Trading Post, Mining Museum and Petting Zoo. They live in a 19-room adobe hacienda that they built themselves. They make jewelry from rare Cerrillos Turquoise and Variscite from their two mining claims. The turquoise is brilliant green, while Cerrillos Variscite is white. They cut and polish the stones and set them in silver. Todd uses techniques developed when he first came to Cerrillos in 1970. Their son Andy follows his dad's footsteps, working with him at the mines. He is also as an artisan who does custom jewelry & repairs. Visit the Mining Museum, admission $2. A sprawling display on local history, prehistoric mining and territorial mines of the 1880's. Items include antique bottles, mine photos, tools, minerals and the unique finds of an 1880's Cerrillos outhouse dig. The Petting Zoo is a barn yard of several friendly goats, llama, chickens and pigeons. Animal food is for sale in the gift shop. Children enjoy the live entertainment and a stop will add to your adventures on The Turquoise Trail.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good17%
  • Average24%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible12%
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“feed animals” (3 reviews)
“fun stop” (3 reviews)
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17 Waldo Street, Cerrillos, NM 87010
+1 505-438-3008
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

There are signs to go and see this place and then it seems that the do not want any visitors! I asked about the building, how old is it, and was told to "go back outside and read the sign".

Thank Paula S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The petting zoo is fine to watch kids feed animals. The store is a few blocks off the main street, and easy to find. My 2nd time going there. IN Oct, 2016, store was closed. The owners are so very nice, and will help u...More

Thank Kaye B
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We live in Sante Fe, and stopped by the Casa Grande Trading Post yesterday in hopes of purchasing some of the rough 'castaway' stone from turquoise mining to use on our new portal. The owner was incredibly rude, and the prices were ridiculous. Instead of...More

3  Thank dabds
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Off the beaten track this store is one of a kind. It is filled to the top with rocks and relics of the area. There are also things not from the area. I did not tour the museum or the petting zoo. I could see...More

1  Thank Linda F
Reviewed 18 June 2017

The Turquoise Trail (NM Rte. 14) is a scenic byway dotted by villages of a truly bygone era when mining ruled the area. Today the lovely vistas remain and old-timey homes and buildings along the way have been converted to trendy shops and dining establishments....More

Thank Barbara Y
Reviewed 20 May 2017

This place is packed with things to buy and things to look at which have been stuffed into a museum. Everywhere you look there is some from a by-gone age to see. The shop is packed with so much stuff its hard to know where...More

1  Thank Paulellwood
Reviewed 16 May 2017

After a mostly dissapointing Turquoise Trail Drive this we a true find. Cerrillos at one time was the center of much turquoise mining. The town still has mostly dirt streets and looks like right out of the old west. You have to pull off of...More

1  Thank 707clayg
Reviewed 3 March 2017

So, there's not much in Cerrillos. Down one of the roads is the Casa Grande Trading Post. The outside is strewn with all sorts of old equipment. Mostly just stuff. Going inside, there are selves, trays, tables everywhere filled with more stuff - lots of...More

Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed 21 February 2017

There is a few private turquoise mine claims in Cerrillos, NM. This is one of the only turquoise mines in the United States that offers a tour. You can book a private tour with the mine owner, Todd Brown, and it's only about a 30...More

1  Thank Marc P
Reviewed 1 December 2016

We enjoyed the animals and the wares in the gift shop. It was a fun stop and we learned about the newest New Mexico state park near by. We drove up to it and will explore it the next time that we are in this...More

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