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Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo

17 Waldo Street, Cerrillos, NM 87010
+1 505-438-3008
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Funky and unique but owner needs charm school lessons.

The Turquoise Trail (NM Rte. 14) is a scenic byway dotted by villages of a truly bygone era when... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Barbara Y
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Vero Beach, Florida
Lots to see

This place is packed with things to buy and things to look at which have been stuffed into a... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Paulellwood
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good18%
  • Average24%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible11%
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17 Waldo Street, Cerrillos, NM 87010
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 17 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

Thank 46,749
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Stopped by here as we were sight seeing in the area. It is a neat little place with some pretty rocks, bottles, and jewelry. I was walking around deciding what I wanted to purchase and I took a picture. This extremely rude man working there...More

2  Thank celmo46
Reviewed 14 November 2016

OK I get it you are in the middle of nowhere and actually see something advertised to do. Then this thing turns into a run down building with overpriced items and we are suppose to be impressed. Yes I am being very critical here but...More

3  Thank rodney01
Reviewed 12 November 2016

If you're driving the Turquoise Trail from Albuquerque to Sante Fe, this is worth a stop, as it provides a sense of the mining culture. The "Trading Post" part is free -- it's a store that sells things like turquoise, rocks, and jewelry, but you...More

Thank backnforth2nfro
Reviewed 25 September 2016

At the end of a long dirt road sits this "trading post and petting zoo". I didn't see much of a trading post, most of the items were over-priced and dusty. The petting zoo consisted of 4 chickens, 2 goats and a llama that wouldn't...More

2  Thank yahoody
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