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Mercer Caverns

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Address: Sheep Ranch Road, Murphys, CA
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Fun Day at the Caverns

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Laurie G
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Gaston, United States
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Gaston, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I went to Mercer Caverns with my family and 70 year old plus inlaws. There IS some ladder climbing and tight stops, but if you are in fair shape, it is do-able. You go down pretty deep and see mineral deposits and geologic structures you can only find underground, along the way. The guides are friendly and knowledgable. Great thing... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The formations are very cool: a great variety of well lit limestone stalagtites and stalagmites and ever dripping formations. The 16 floors down is pretty accurate in that there are many stiar,s some of them narrow and steep, some declines where you have to lean back a little to get down. Most adults and older children could navigate it quite... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Nice to beat the heat and see some of natures wonders. The staff is courteous and knowledgeable and the grounds are well kept.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Go down 160 feet into the earth. See some beautiful mineral deposits and get some history to boot. Not for little ones who can't navagate steep stairs, or any one else for that matter. They do have some activities for little ones above ground. Mining for precous gems. They have a water trough to sift out some gravel bought from... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Well worth the 45 minutes and 400 and some steps, this tour through the Mercer Caverns was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Our guide was very patient, well-informed and knowledgeable both about the fascinating formations and the history of the caves. The stairs are steep in areas, but railings are very helpful. Not over-developed, this attraction is definitely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

We took the 45 minutes tour with a lovely guide. The caverns, grottos and rock formations are breath taking. The walk, while sound intimidating, was not hard at all. Our six year old mastered the stairs and the guide gives very clear safety instructions at every point. While it may sound like strenuous work "climbing sixteen floors of steps," there... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Dropped into the town of Murphy for a tour of the Mercer Cavern. It lasted for 45 minutes or so. The wife and my daughter were a little leery about climbing down into this cave. The descriptions and history of this find were definitely worth while. Be prepared for some steep stair climbing and ducking along the way. After all... More 

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Murphys, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Limestone caverns are one of the wonders of the earth and unless you are uncomfortable on sometimes steep stairways or seriously out of shape this is a great one to see. Because it is a relatively small cave (tiny compared to Carlsbad) it allows an intimate look at the calcite formations that make the underworld a wonder world. Stalactites, stalagmites,... More 

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