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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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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Great cavern, tough stairs

The cavern was great. Our young tour guide was good too. Tough stairs to climb up and down (16 stories). Not for kids younger than about 8 I would say. The guy who runs the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sacramento, CA
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Sacramento, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The cavern was great. Our young tour guide was good too. Tough stairs to climb up and down (16 stories). Not for kids younger than about 8 I would say. The guy who runs the counter inside with the Southern accent was rude and obnoxious.

Thank petrod21
Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't go in, but my boyfriend did. He said it was worth it, but he's a big tall guy and he felt rather cramped in a few places. When he came out he was sweating even though it was a cool day. He told me that I wouldn't have made it with my bad knee.

Thank Cheryl W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a really great time going to Mercer Caverns. It's a very short drive out of Muphys main street. You go on guided tours and our tour guide was great. Very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The cavern is spectacular and truly is a landmark. The literature says you descend the equivalent of 16 stories and... More 

Thank wolfzero2
Vista, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Great place... beautiful cavern. Loved hearing about the Mercer family and their lives here. Our tour guide was fun and very informative. Well worth the visit!

Thank Katherine D
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My husband and I went to see the Mercer Caverns. The guide was very informative and interesting to listen to. The many stalactites and crystals were amazing! The tour was approximately 45-60 min. The cost is $15.50 to see the caverns. Wear walking shoes, there are many steps and you go down to the equivalent of a sixteen story building.... More 

Thank marianne g
Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Really enjoyed the beautiful formations, especially the aragonite flossferri we saw nowhere else. Staff in the center was friendly and our guide, Jerry, was a hoot. Professional, knowledgeable and funny in a HeeHaw era way. Best to visit when few people are about; the steep stairs and small platforms make for close company with only four visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Don't let the 16 stories up and down keep you from going. The stairs are spaced out with nice breaks though out even though they are steep. Very beautiful formations.

Thank Kara W
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

My husband and daughter enjoyed the walking tour. However, five people on our tour (including me) could not go down the metal spiral stair case to the bottom. I wish the staff would let customers know about this ( perhaps a picture or two) prior to paying for a tour.

Thank Kara W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The tour lasted 45 minutes. The cave was a nice place to be on a hot summer day because it was so cool inside. Our tour guide was very friendly to everyone. There were a lot of steps, but even the children in the group were able to keep up.

Thank Vanessa S
Sonora, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a great thing to do on a hot OR cold day as the temperature is an even 55 or so inside the caverns. I took my 13 yr old grandson, and we both loved it. In the summer it is busy and there is a wait, but usually not too bad - we got there early to beat... More 

Thank Lyn E

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