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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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Wonderful caverns and amazing tour guide!

Jerry took us on a very informative tour of these beautiful caverns. We learned a lot, and were quite entertained by his quirky sense of humor. Highly recommended. There are a lot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Jerry took us on a very informative tour of these beautiful caverns. We learned a lot, and were quite entertained by his quirky sense of humor. Highly recommended. There are a lot of steep stairs but thankfully you pause several times on the way out so the climb up isn't too bad. Great attraction to visit when you are in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful and majestic We did a tour of the cavern. We had to climb down by stairs 175 foot to the cavern. The guide gave a brief history. The first time I was hear was to spelunk to the bottom of the cavern. That was very exciting and challenging; squeezing ourselves between huge rocks and boulders.

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Sacramento, CA
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

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 November 23, 2015

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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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

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 

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Vista, California
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

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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80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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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 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

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 via mobile

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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