The Best Turquoise Mine in New Mexico!
(in Cerrillos, New Mexico) 

Claim # 166080 - Todd & Patricia Brown - Family owned and operated

~ The Story of the Little Chalchihuitl Turquoise Mine ~

Thirty-five years ago, I was walking in a New Mexico snow storm, taking the long way home around Grand Central Mountain in the Cerrillos Mining District. I came across a vein of brilliant green stone and decided to stop and work off some of the vein. I chipped off about 2 lbs of rough natural turquoise, covered it up and headed for home. Thirty five years later still dreaming of the green color turquoise I had found that day, I decided to file a mining claim with the Bureau of Land Management on that same spot I found thirty five years ago. My family and many of my friends have all helped me work the vein. We get great green natural turquoise stones which I make into cabachons and set in sterling silver to sell in our shop. The rare green color comes from the iron content in the land where the Turquoise is mined.

We love the color and hope you do too!   Todd Brown

Stop by and visit the
to see our display of 100% natural Cerrillos Turquoise stones & jewelry. The Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum has information regarding the areas rich & colorful mining history.
 Over the 30+ years we have been in business many thousands of visitors have been through our shop & museum and enjoyed the experience.
Thank you to all! 

PO BOX 131

(505) 438-3008

Rough stone to Cabachon

Our stones are not treated. They are hard, and naturally very stable. E-mail us for photo's.


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Todd and Patricia Brown are the registered claim holders of the Little Chalchihuitl Turquoise Mine in the nearby hills of Cerrillos, New Mexico. The Cerrillos Mining District is home to some of the oldest, rarest and most substantial turquoise and mineral workings in North America, utilized from at least 900 AD and possibly earlier. By the 20th century most of the Cerrillos turquoise lodes were cleaned out. Very few private claims are worked today.
Please stop by our hacienda for a closer look at exclusive natural cerrillos turquoise and other minerals from the area.

 "The Little Chalchihuitl is the best mine in New Mexico!" 


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Above are some of our handmade products using exclusive Cerrillos Turquoise from our mine! If you are interested in purchasing any natural cabs or some of our fine jewelry please contact via phone or email - 

Also many examples of our hard work can be seen in our shop.
See more of our products by clicking the link below.


   The Cerrillos mining district lies north of the town of Los Cerrillos. It is one of the nation’s oldest mining areas and is a famed source of turquoise. The district is known for its interesting historical ruins dating from prehistoric times to the early 1900’s. The Mount Chalchihuitl turquoise area is a few miles north of Cerrillos;  Turquoise Hill is 5 miles further north near the highway settlement of Lone Butte.

:: Cerrillos Area Mineral Mining History ::