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Mercer Caverns

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Address: Sheep Ranch Road, Murphys, CA
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10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

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Thought the cavern was beautiful, from the entrance to the exit. The guide was knowledgeable and able to answer questions thrown her way. Great story behind the discovery of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Carson City, Nevada
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Carson City, Nevada
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thought the cavern was beautiful, from the entrance to the exit. The guide was knowledgeable and able to answer questions thrown her way. Great story behind the discovery of the cave.

Thank JabAeb
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Cool place for an hour or so. Interesting how the cavern came about. Some steps not wheelchair accessible.

Thank pookiebunsmom
Visalia, California
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68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

If you're claustrophobic this likely isn't for you. Having said that I did have a couple of episodes of MILD anxiety but I'm really glad I did this tour. The caverns are amazing/spectacular and you will get quite a leg work out while you're at it. Participants are warned of the conditions in the Caverns (stairs, closed in areas etc)... More 

Modesto, California
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223 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

The underground caverns are by tour only. There are many stairs and narrow passages throughout.So cool seeing the formations growing from the ceiling and floor.stalagtites and stalagmites Amazing to see the formations grown from springs and a slow drip. Angel wings and vegetables are two of the many named ones. Careful when the lights go out and total darkness. It's... More 

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Snohomish, Washington, United States
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38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We stopped at Mercer Cavern after going to Moaning Cavern. They're within about 10 miles of each other so it's easy to hit both in one day. Mercer cave was pretty interesting with many of the same formations as Moaning Cavern, but Mercer it's a lot more closed in as opposed to the very open and large Moaning Cavern. The... More 

1 Thank dasfoto
Portland, Oregon
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Our tour guide was engaging and interesting. The caverns were a highlight of my visit to the area, I recommend the tour.

Thank LittlePuffy
Royal Oaks, CA
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132 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Have visited the other two caverns and decided it was time to visit the third one. The benefits is that it is only one mile from Murphy's and it give a tour every hour on the half-hour. So we arrived just as one tour was going in and purchased tickets and went back to Murphy's until our tour time. This... More 

1 Thank RustyWater
Walnut Creek, California
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176 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Our guide was very personable and informative. The stories and education he provided made the tour a pleasure. Most people can handle the physical piece of the tour, I felt it was easier to go up the 200+ steps than it was to go down. Parts were quite steep and you had to be careful not to bang your head... More 

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Even if you are afraid of caves, you have to go to see the beauty of this cavern. Additionally, it is a great escape from the summer heat! I would take kids who are behaved and can handle the climbing up and down stairs with minimal supervision. My daughter was 8 and I think she could have gone as young... More 

2 Thank Danielle619
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89 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

First of all, this is not your average boring cave tour. You go way down 16 stories on very narrow wooden stairs and back UP on very narrow wooden stairs ducking and turning sideways to fit. Don't bring small children or ANY babies, its not the place for them -- too hard. I was scared going down and huffing going... More 

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