Ranked #5 of 8 attractions in Cerrillos
Category: Specialty Museums
Todd & Patricia Brown are the owners of the Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum and Petting Zoo....
Todd & Patricia Brown are the owners of the Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum and Petting Zoo. Cerrillos is 20 miles south of Santa Fe on Highway 14 on The Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. They live in a 29-room adobe hacienda that they built themselves. This is where they raised their family and where their grandchildren visit. The gift shop displays unique & beautiful jewelry made from turquoise and variscite they dig at their two mining claims near Cerrillos. The turquoise is a beautiful brilliant green. While the variscite is white. They cut and polish these rare gems and set the stones in silver. Todd uses techniques developed when he first came to Cerrillos in 1970. Their son Andy follows his dad's footsteps and works the mines. He enjoys working in his lapidary shop and makes beautiful jewelry also found in the shop.Talk the time to visit the Turquoise Mining Museum. The admission is only $2 each; there you will find a sprawling display which includes local history, prehistoric mining and territorial mines of the 1880's. Items include glass bottles, insulators, mining photos, tools, minerals and unique finds from an 1880’s Cerrillos outhouse dig.There are several friendly goats, a flock of chickens and pigeons to feed at the Petting Zoo and a brown llama with beautiful long eyelashes. Food is for sale inside the gift shop and both adults and children enjoy the live entertainment, taking pictures of the animals to add to their adventure on The Turquoise Trail.