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Mercer Caverns

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Address: Sheep Ranch Road, Murphys, CA
Phone Number: +1 209-728-2101
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

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Underground Beauty!!!

The underground caverns are by tour only. There are many stairs and narrow passages throughout.So cool seeing the formations growing from the ceiling and floor.stalagtites and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Modesto, California

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Modesto, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The underground caverns are by tour only. There are many stairs and narrow passages throughout.So cool seeing the formations growing from the ceiling and floor.stalagtites and stalagmites Amazing to see the formations grown from springs and a slow drip. Angel wings and vegetables are two of the many named ones. Careful when the lights go out and total darkness. It's... More 

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Snohomish, Washington, United States
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped at Mercer Cavern after going to Moaning Cavern. They're within about 10 miles of each other so it's easy to hit both in one day. Mercer cave was pretty interesting with many of the same formations as Moaning Cavern, but Mercer it's a lot more closed in as opposed to the very open and large Moaning Cavern. The... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour guide was engaging and interesting. The caverns were a highlight of my visit to the area, I recommend the tour.

Thank LittlePuffy
Royal Oaks, CA
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

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 

1 Thank RustyWater
Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 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 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 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 

2 Thank Danielle619
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 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 

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

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