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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Danielle619
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Thank Eric L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Soulsbyville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

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Sacramento, CA
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

If you don't have good knees, or are carrying some weight, think twice. There are interesting formations to see, but it is 16 stories down (200-plus stairs) and THEN up again. Best to send the grandkids on ahead.

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Riga, Latvia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Maybe special for USA but if you have been in caves in Europe this is nothing special as is really small. You have to climb through tight places, therefore should be fit to be able to. Guided tour is around 50 minutes and cost 16$ per person.

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