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

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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