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“Amazing collection of fun and history” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo

Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo
Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in Cerrillos
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Owner description: 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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“Amazing collection of fun and history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

Todd and Patti Brown's collection of New Mexico found items is one of the most amazing things near Santa Fe. The village of Cerrillos is a trip back in time to the lost but not forgotten Santa Fe of trading posts and dirt streets... and this special little museum/shop has stowed many of those treasures for anyone curious enough to venture out the Turquoise Trail for a look-see.

Visited July 2012
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Peleliu52, Owner at Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo, responded to this review, September 11, 2014
Thanks. Nice write up. We love Cerrillos.
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“Great stop on the Turquoise Trail...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

It turns out kids are never too old for this great little petting zoo in Cerrillos Village, NM. Animal lovers can buy a bag of seed and get then bask in the gratitude of the llama, goats and chickens when you feed them. My kids and their friends loved the trading post store and museum with its dazzling yet bizarre (always a teen draw) collection of jewelry, precious gems, do it yourself kits and rattlesnake eggs. Really worth the day trip from Santa Fe or Albuquerque. Bring at least $2 for the feed.

Visited February 2012
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Peleliu52, Owner at Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo, responded to this review, September 11, 2014
Thank you for a great write up. Come by anytime.
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