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Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo

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Address: 17 Waldo Street, Cerrillos, NM 87010
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+1 505-438-3008
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Todd & Patricia Brown are owners of the Casa Grande Trading Post,...

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.

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It is what it is. Fun if you let it be.

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 rocks, some trinkets and books, some 'things'. It's all fun. And what it is. It... More 

Thank MikeB1952
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 minute drive outside of Santa Fe. He is a funny guy and full of knowledge... More 

Thank Marc P
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 part of the United States.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 told me no photos allowed and went on a little tirade about how all these... More 

2 Thank celmo46
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 when the petting zoo turns into a couple of chickens and a couple of goats... More 

3 Thank rodney01
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 won't find any bargains here. The museum in the back ($2) is small but interesting... More 

Thank backnforth2nfro
Tulsa, OK
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 stand up. This whole thing just made me sad. There are lots of old buildings... More 

1 Thank yahoody
Cerrillos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great spot to visit with something for everyone. All kinds of interesting artifacts and lots of great shopping especially for kids. Immaculately maintained petting zoo (no sad animals)

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Carmel, Indiana, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We pulled up but didn't go in and pay. The petting zoo consisted of a few goats and a couple chickens. I'm not sure what the minimum number of animals is for a petting zoo but I bet it's a few above their number.

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Golden, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

We came for the petting zoo, which is mainly just a place to feed animals - who are cute. The stars of the show are two adult goats who love cracked corn, and it's fun to feel them gently lick the corn off of you. The llama was gorgeous, although shy for us. There were some baby goats as well... More 

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