Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo

Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo, Cerrillos: Hours, Address, Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo Reviews: 3.5/5

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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northernk
Phoenix, AZ9,137 contributions
Well worth a stop here to see the originality at work
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
Unique and historical
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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scottwebgal
Mertzon, TX9 contributions
Extremely rude proprietor
Oct 2020 • Couples
Shop person was extremely rude. We were ready to buy something but his attitude was abrupt and inappropriate.

Will
NEVER
EVER
RETURN!😡
Written October 10, 2020
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We just checked our trip advisor and saw your review. We work very hard to have good customer service and see many people each day. It was never our intention to get you upset and we hope you come back sometime and see us.
Written April 19, 2021
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Liz H
41 contributions
Truly Unique
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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Susan B
1 contribution
Off The Beaten Path But Worth A Visit Once
Jan 2020
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.
Written January 11, 2020
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garyml2016
Palm Springs, CA10 contributions
Historical Antique Stroll
Oct 2019 • Solo
Off the beaten path, this museum is full of old tools, artifacts, assorted rocks, and memorabilia. The petting area is fun for kids big and little, and the view from a lookout reminds one of frontier days. Take the dirt road a block or two, and lose yourself in this unique shop.
Written November 23, 2019
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Kelly w
31 contributions
Worth the stop
May 2019
Stopped on our way to Madrid, and worth the stop. Jewelry was a bit expensive, but he had a huge assortment of stones. Cool museum- $2 a person. Oh and feed the goats- and say hi to Coco the llama.
Written May 31, 2019
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RUCP
Independence, OR270 contributions
An interesting look into history
Apr 2019 • Couples
We stopped by on a drive along the Turquoise Trail. It was an enjoyable look into some of the history in some of the surrounding areas, somewhat focused on mining, but including all manner of things. There is much to learn here if you are willing to take time, slow down, and look closely. It is an eclectic mix to be sure. There is a small gift shop with very modest prices. Don't expect big city glitz. Think more of tumbleweeds, old westerns, and local color.
Written May 18, 2019
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Aaren P
Ponder, TX16 contributions
For the love of Pete, skip this place.
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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Pam B
Jersey City, NJ1 contribution
Customer service so bad, I was afraid for my life!
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
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Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM