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Casa Grande Trading Post
NorthCentral
505-438-3008

Todd & Patricia Brown are the proprietors of the Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum and Petting Zoo in the town of Cerrillos, 20 miles south of Santa Fe on Highway 14. It is one of the gems you will find while driving The Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. They are at the west end of the village, in a 28-room adobe hacienda they built themselves. This is where they raised their six children and where their grandchildren now visit. In the shop they sell jewelry they make from Cerrillos Turquoise they get from their own turquoise claim. The turquoise is a brilliant green which comes from the iron in the stone. They cut and polish the turquoise and set the stones in silver using tools & techniques Todd aquired when he first came to New Mexico in 1970. You can venture into the Mining Museum. The admission is $2; there you find a sprawling display where the Brown's keep the history of the ancient mining district and territorial mines alive with pictures, dioramas and artifacts. The items on display include glass bottles, insulators, mining photos, tools and minerals. One of the unique finds are items that came out of an 1880's Cerrillos outhouse dig. In the petting zoo are several friendly goats and a brown llama with beautiful long eyelashes, they along with a flurry of chickens, turkey and pigeons provide a stop with live entertainment. There are bags with feed for sale inside the gift shop and both adults and children will enjoy taking pictures of the animals to add to their adventure on The Turquoise Trail.