Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo

Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo

Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo
3.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Susan B
    3 contributions
    Off The Beaten Path But Worth A Visit Once
    Casa Grande is an experience. It is cluttered with a wide array of stuff—rocks, photos, railroad spikes, jewellery, turquoise, and there is a $2 museum that is worth a visit. The owner is quite a character, with some peppery language, but he does have a sense of humour. Much of the stuff is way overpriced, but it is fun to look at. The animals in the petting zoo seemed fine. There were some children there having a great time feeding them from the $2 bags of feed for sale. The place is worth a visit.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 11, 2020
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,114 contributions
    Lots of bottles and rocks
    This place has a rather typical assortment of raw and polished rock like so many such shops across the Southwest, but their prices seem to be better than most for similar quality. They also have more antique bottles on display than I think I've ever seen. I wouldn't make a trip to Cerillos just for this, but it's definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.
    Visited May 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2022
  • FrancesBoggess
    Albuquerque, New Mexico45 contributions
    Fun for a short visit.
    The petting zoo had a had full of goats, a llama, and some silky chickens. Fun for the kids to feed them. It has a little viewing area for the local hills. And the museum inside is good for rock hounds and local history buffs. For $2, the museum is worth it if you stop. We enjoyed a lazy walk there on a day together.
    Visited June 2018
    Traveled with family
    Written June 18, 2018
  • Liz H
    42 contributions
    Truly Unique
    This little village just off NM14 is definitely worth seeing and the Trading Post is a one of a kind. I bought a great variety of turquoise to make my own jewellry and some other unique pieces. There is a little museum and a petting zoo too. The llama is extremely regal! Highly recommended.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 25, 2020
  • Wanderer0213
    Craig, Montana625 contributions
    Great Trading Post!
    Pretty cool trading post with lists to see a d buy. There are all kinds of beads a d polished rocks. The museum is pretty cool, a ton of local items to see. The cost is only four bucks. They have a petting zoo and you can buy feed to feed them. Well worth the five minute drive off highway 14.
    Visited November 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2021
  • northernk
    Phoenix, Arizona12,659 contributions
    Well worth a stop here to see the originality at work
    Nice place to stop at along the turquoise trail. I found the shop interesting and loved the construction and found some very interesting gifts here. Shop keepers were friendly given all the strangers passing through lol Was even fun to feed the goats and look at the view. i do recommend a visit.
    Visited September 2021
    Written September 26, 2021
  • Lauren L
    West Hartford, Connecticut1 contribution
    Unique and historical
    Very unique and interesting museum and shop. The petting zoo was a plus. Both shop owners were kind and shared interesting information. We purchased unique souvenirs and antiques. We stopped twice in one week; once to and from Santa Fe.
    Visited July 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2021
  • dabds
    1 contribution
    Don't waste your time.
    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 selling stones by the ounce/pound, each tiny pebble - 1/4" or less - was $1 or more. Owner needs to assuage his anger by actually making money on his cool stuff - by drastically lowering the prices! And the so-called Petting Zoo? A very sad menagerie of goats, chickens, and a very pathetic llama, confined to a maybe 15' x 20' cage. Time to call Animal Control. Skip Cerrillos (except for the beautiful hike) and head north to Santa Fe. Very friendly people, reasonably priced goods, and totally awesome food.
    Visited August 2017
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2017
  • rodney01
    376 contributions
    Big promise little delivery
    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 that stretches it a bit far. Then the only thing you are allowed to feed you buy inside for $2 that has about 1/2 cup of food in a bag. We also got the impression the woman working there really didn't want to be there or be bothered. The jewelry prices were the final thing. Wait and go into any town and by the same things at more realistic prices like we did.
    Visited November 2016
    Written November 14, 2016
  • Pam B
    Jersey City, New Jersey1 contribution
    Customer service so bad, I was afraid for my life!
    Don't waste your precious time and energy going to this run down place. The owner was so extremely nasty, I was thinking he had some kind of mental issue and was afraid to stay in the store by myself. I really wanted Cerrillos Turquoise and drove miles to get there just to be ill greeted by a man with such a bad attitude all I wanted to do was hurry up, purchase my turquoise and get the hell out of there! No exaggeration! Maybe this man forgot to take his mental health medication. He really needs help and shouldn't be in business with that kind of attitude. I'm sorry I gave him my money, but really wanted the turquoise which I consider sacred. I found out after leaving this shop there are other shops selling Cerrillos Turquoise. I truly wish I had know before hand. If I were you, I'd shop elsewhere! Sincerely
    We are sorry that you feel that way. Everyone else seems to like the place. We work very hard to make it a good experience. Sorry that you did not. Maybe next time.
    Written April 21, 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2018
    Traveled on business
    Written September 4, 2018
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Liz H
42 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This little village just off NM14 is definitely worth seeing and the Trading Post is a one of a kind. I bought a great variety of turquoise to make my own jewellry and some other unique pieces. There is a little museum and a petting zoo too. The llama is extremely regal! Highly recommended.
Written January 25, 2020
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Wanderer0213
Craig, MT625 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Pretty cool trading post with lists to see a d buy. There are all kinds of beads a d polished rocks. The museum is pretty cool, a ton of local items to see. The cost is only four bucks. They have a petting zoo and you can buy feed to feed them. Well worth the five minute drive off highway 14.
Written November 1, 2021
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northernk
Phoenix, AZ12,659 contributions
Sep 2021
Nice place to stop at along the turquoise trail. I found the shop interesting and loved the construction and found some very interesting gifts here. Shop keepers were friendly given all the strangers passing through lol Was even fun to feed the goats and look at the view. i do recommend a visit.
Written September 27, 2021
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Lauren L
West Hartford, CT1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
Very unique and interesting museum and shop. The petting zoo was a plus. Both shop owners were kind and shared interesting information. We purchased unique souvenirs and antiques. We stopped twice in one week; once to and from Santa Fe.
Written July 23, 2021
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dabds
McLean VA1 contribution
Aug 2017 • Couples
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 selling stones by the ounce/pound, each tiny pebble - 1/4" or less - was $1 or more. Owner needs to assuage his anger by actually making money on his cool stuff - by drastically lowering the prices!

And the so-called Petting Zoo? A very sad menagerie of goats, chickens, and a very pathetic llama, confined to a maybe 15' x 20' cage. Time to call Animal Control.

Skip Cerrillos (except for the beautiful hike) and head north to Santa Fe. Very friendly people, reasonably priced goods, and totally awesome food.
Written August 9, 2017
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rodney01
st. catharines376 contributions
Nov 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 that stretches it a bit far. Then the only thing you are allowed to feed you buy inside for $2 that has about 1/2 cup of food in a bag. We also got the impression the woman working there really didn't want to be there or be bothered.
The jewelry prices were the final thing. Wait and go into any town and by the same things at more realistic prices like we did.
Written November 14, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Pam B
Jersey City, NJ1 contribution
Sep 2018 • Business
Don't waste your precious time and energy going to this run down place. The owner was so extremely nasty, I was thinking he had some kind of mental issue and was afraid to stay in the store by myself. I really wanted Cerrillos Turquoise and drove miles to get there just to be ill greeted by a man with such a bad attitude all I wanted to do was hurry up, purchase my turquoise and get the hell out of there! No exaggeration! Maybe this man forgot to take his mental health medication. He really needs help and shouldn't be in business with that kind of attitude. I'm sorry I gave him my money, but really wanted the turquoise which I consider sacred. I found out after leaving this shop there are other shops selling Cerrillos Turquoise. I truly wish I had know before hand. If I were you, I'd shop elsewhere!
Sincerely
Written September 4, 2018
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We are sorry that you feel that way. Everyone else seems to like the place. We work very hard to make it a good experience. Sorry that you did not. Maybe next time.
Written April 21, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

yahoody
Tulsa, OK365 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
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 being renovated in this little town - take a tour of these instead of wasting your time here.
Written September 25, 2016
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William L
Santa Fe, NM1 contribution
Sep 2014 • Solo
I live in nearby Santa Fe and had made the mistake of skipping this roadside marvel on my first trip down the scenic "Turquoise Trail." It was worth a return trip! The museum contains some of the same information found further down the road in nearby Madrid at the Coal Mining Museum, unsurprisingly, but this has a lower admission price and is much better organized. It's also a lot cleaner and contains more exhibits on both turquoise as well as about old western mining practices than does the Madrid museum.

I thought the two dollar admission I paid was worth every penny! No trip on the Turquoise Trail should skip this informative and affordable Cerrillos landmark!
Written September 16, 2014
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We're glad you enjoyed the place, that is our goal.
Written September 25, 2014
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Aaren P
Ponder, TX16 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
After a hike with my husband and two children, we were told that we just couldn't pass up visiting this place. So, off we went.

The first thing the owner did was tell us the children were not allowed to touch anything. This was said with rudeness that I could not believe, especially since my children had not touched a thing. They were hoping to enjoy the "petting zoo", so I purchased two bags of food ($4.28) for them. The owner's attitude was the reason this was the only money I was going to give him.

After they had finished feeding the animals we heard a commotion and realized that a hawk had flown to the bird area. After the hawk moved on, my son asked if he could tell the owner what happened. I said yes, so off we went to sanitize our hands and relay what we had witnessed.

My son (8) excitedly told the owner what we had seen (nature is awesome, right?). Owner was very unimpressed and dismissed him with a comment about the area being fenced in.

Please don't waste your time stopping here. This guy acts like the last thing he wants to do is act like he appreciates customers. Go spend your money somewhere else.
Written March 11, 2019
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My wife and I try very hard to give good service to everyone. we see at least 200 people per week. It is a lot of work. We are sorry if you were offended. It is not our intention We have a great place to visit Hope that you can come back soon..
Written April 21, 2021
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