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Mercer Caverns

Address: Sheep Ranch Road, Murphys, CA
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Murphys
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Murphys, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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Rocklin, California
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8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This was my first experience inside a cave and it was amazing! Our tour guide was a plethora of information and was absolutely hilarious! The details in the cave were beautiful and my kids even enjoyed it. Just know that there are a lot of stairs that you climb and the spaces are small at times - if you have... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

It took us two trips to Murphys before we were able to make it to the cave, but we did not regret it. It has a wonderful history and is beautiful to see. It is a 16 story walk to the bottom of the cave so it is a little work but well worth it.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Visited as a family four. 2 adults and a 6 and 9 yr old. Was a little nervous about the darkness/enclosed area of the caverns for the younger one but she did great. It really is amazing to see and once you get inside you forget that you are underground. It is quite a few stairs but you stop along... More 

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Pine Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Beautiful place to see. Allowed to take pictures. Tour guide, Diane, was very good. Very steep stairs! 16 flights to climb out, but numerous stops so you're not winded. We're seniors, so it wasn't bad. Kids in our group love it too.

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Huntington Beach, California
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We spent a week in the general area off 108 and found this spot a delightful way to combine kid stuff (the Caverns) with grownup stuff (touring and winetasting in Murphys!) The kids, ages 14, 13, 11 and 8, (plus their parents and grandparents) said it was one of the best things we did over a six day trip. Narrow... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

As others have said, the guides really make this worth visiting. Very narrow passageways and low outcrops require much care. Sufficient time was given to take photos. Very extensive; download the map from their website to truly appreciate.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The caverns were so amazing, I've never seen anything like it. You really can get up close and see the details of the cave, it's so well preserved. Our party of 11 was easily accommodated and it we hardly had to wait (on a Saturday, mind you). Our tour guide Jerry was super funny, knowledgable, and friendly. He had a... More 

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Yucca Valley, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

not very big as far as caverns go steep climb and the guide was very knowledgable and answered all our questions, good size for a california cavern

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was a great stop for us while in Murphy's; we stopped here before having any wine tastings. It's a good thing too, because there are quite a few steps and a few seemingly precarious perches, but WOW what a beautiful experience. It was especially cool to hear the guide tell the stories of how it all came about. I... More 

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