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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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The underground tour was terrific.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Soulsbyville, California
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Soulsbyville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank LaurieMac
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Stephanie S
Riga, Latvia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Linda K
Mountain View, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Mercer Caverns have a rich history as a tourist attraction and the guides were very good at blending history and story-telling with geological explanations. The caves have good concretions (stalaticte-mites, curtains, needles, organ pipes, etc.). The history behind is also very rich (what light did they bring in 1900's for the 40h (!!) visit?). Outside the cave is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I have been in this cavern many times and it is always fun and interesting. Go in when it is hot outside for a refreshing look into the Earth.

Thank Tim S
Madison, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Visted here with my wife. This is a very intersting cavern system to visit as it is a 'vertical-type' cavern.......one can go down 16 stories(then back up!). Very safety minded staff. Well lit and super sturdy stairs, some being more like ladders at times. The guide was knowledgable and pointed out many intersting cavern features and facts...including info about Mr.... More 

Thank Brian M
San Diego, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I heard about this attraction at our hotel. Just a short drive to Murphy from Columbia and we found ourselves in the midst of a true "gem" of a time. Lane was our tour guide and he was unbelievably hilarious. My husband suffers with a Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD and we asked the staff how it... More 

Thank Teri M
Rio Vista
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We took our great grandsons and they were so surprised as to the size of the cavern and how far down you have to go. The stairs are steep but worth the walk. Not for those with walking difficulties or wheelchair bound. Very interesting and the boys learned so much from seeing it and experiencing the trip up and down... More 

Thank gr8grma
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

I visited Mercer Caverns with three generations, my mom, my sister and my two nephews (7 and 9). We all really enjoyed the excursion and the tour was fun, informative, and adventurous. There are many up and down steps. I would recommend wearing good walking shoes.

Thank AmandaFlayer

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