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Mercer Caverns

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Address: Sheep Ranch Road, Murphys, CA
Phone Number: 209-728-2101
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Great Cavern experience.

Have visited the other two caverns and decided it was time to visit the third one. The benefits is that it is only one mile from Murphy's and it give a tour every hour on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Royal Oaks, CA

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Royal Oaks, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited the other two caverns and decided it was time to visit the third one. The benefits is that it is only one mile from Murphy's and it give a tour every hour on the half-hour. So we arrived just as one tour was going in and purchased tickets and went back to Murphy's until our tour time. This... More 

Thank RustyWater
Walnut Creek, California
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156 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Our guide was very personable and informative. The stories and education he provided made the tour a pleasure. Most people can handle the physical piece of the tour, I felt it was easier to go up the 200+ steps than it was to go down. Parts were quite steep and you had to be careful not to bang your head... More 

Thank khub79
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Even if you are afraid of caves, you have to go to see the beauty of this cavern. Additionally, it is a great escape from the summer heat! I would take kids who are behaved and can handle the climbing up and down stairs with minimal supervision. My daughter was 8 and I think she could have gone as young... More 

1 Thank Danielle619
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62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

First of all, this is not your average boring cave tour. You go way down 16 stories on very narrow wooden stairs and back UP on very narrow wooden stairs ducking and turning sideways to fit. Don't bring small children or ANY babies, its not the place for them -- too hard. I was scared going down and huffing going... More 

2 Thank zsazsazoomzoom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Went to Mercer Caverns because a local told us that it is prettier than the other caverns. A bit cheaper to. We had an awesome time. My 8 year old son still talks about the trip. My 4 year old loved it too. She was a bit tired from all of the stairs.

Thank Eric L
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

They do a guided tour that takes about 45 minutes. The views are great and the tour guides give tons of information. I do warm you that if you get claustrophobic this place may be a little close. I am and panicked a couple times due to some rocks being so close to the stairs. They also offer "gem panning"... More 

Thank Ziggymar6
Muncie, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Great attraction, for a couple hours. Right outside of Murphy's. Waited about 20 mins for the next tour to start. Tour guides were very informative, and joked around. A few tight spots on the way down and up. Fairly easy stairs to travel. Cool on the way down, then you will probably warm up climbing the stairs.

Thank Jcgilp
Los Angeles, California
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115 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

We visited Mercer Caverns on a hot July day while camping at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It was a nice diversion to cool off for a bit. We took our jackets and were told we could leave them in the car because we wouldn't need them. That was true; it was very comfortable in the cavern temperature-wise. Lots of... More 

Thank AB4415
Soulsbyville, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

The underground tour was terrific. The guide was very knowledgeable and attentive to patron safety. The stairs were steep at times but the views made it all worthwhile.

Thank jcochran2016
Sacramento, CA
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

I think this is a little over priced for the size and time of the tour of this cavern. It takes about 45 minutes. The accessibility of it was very good and well lit overall with handrails all the way. Some interesting stories were told by the tour guide. He rambled on with too many poor jokes and scattered unrelated... More 

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