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Mercer Caverns

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Address: Sheep Ranch Road, Murphys, CA
Phone Number: 209-728-2101
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Wonder of the California

I hadn't been in 25 years. It is still one of the greatest "hidden treasures" of California. Get your walking shoes ready to experience a rare natural underground "garden". The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I hadn't been in 25 years. It is still one of the greatest "hidden treasures" of California. Get your walking shoes ready to experience a rare natural underground "garden". The tour guides are great and you will not be disappointed

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Elk Grove, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Husband and I arrived early and got the first tour of the day. It was just he and I. The little store and the entry around the cave are very pretty, lots of fun souvenirs in the store. The guide was nice and knowledgeable. The cave itself was so cool, it's a vertical cave so lots of stairs and twists... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Arriving early on a mid-May Monday morning, my wife and I were the only ones on the day's first 45-minute tour. Having the tour guide to ourselves made it more like a conversation than a tour monolog. The tour was very interesting (lots of different formations, crystals, etc.) and informative (history of how it was found and developed). Our guide... More 

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Jensen Beach, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Had a day to spend with my kids in Nor Cal, so took them to Mercer Caverns. Arrived at 11:30, per their website information, and expected to buy tickets for a tour. Was told that, because there were so many school groups there, they only had TWO public tours today. I asked why it was not listed on their web... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

First of all, this is an unusually warm and dry cavern. When I was there is the beginning of April, it was warmer underground, than on the surface. The cavern has a variety of geological features, quite amazing for a relatively small cavern. It is also well lit, so I did not have to use flash for many of the... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

This is a nice cavern and the guide was knowledgable. Be prepared for over 200 steps down and then another 200 up. It was not a problem for us and you are stopping at different points to view things. It was a little nerve wracking that people and their kids were behind us were in flip-flops. Seems like a bad... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

It is a rustic cavern with a lot of interesting features I would've missed without such a good guide. We came with our six year old son and I was trying to figure out a place that wouldn't be too steep for him like Moaning Caverns. It was steep but not overwhelming.

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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My wife and eleven year old son were visiting several attractions in the Murphys/Arnold area and decided to stop at the cavern. We've been to the Moaning Cave near Columbia State park, so this wasn't our first rodeo. When I pulled into the parking lot, there were maybe half a dozen other cars there. I immediately noticed how neat and... More 

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Gaston, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is a wonderful family trip. The caverns were very neat to see. There are a lot of stairs to walk. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the caverns. We learned a lot. The caverns are lit up inside. There are picnic tables outside to enjoy a sack lunch.

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Red Bluff, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We enjoyed the tour of Mercer Caverns. The tour guide was great. His name was Bernard. He was very knowledgeable about the caverns and the area. The tour goes 16 stories down in the cavern. Paths are very narrow in spots and some low clearance places so you need to be cautious with young children but there are hand rails... More 

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