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Mercer Caverns

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

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The little store is where you buy your tickets for tours every hour on the 1/2 hour. The cave us deep down with lots of steps. Beautiful! Worth going to. They also have a... read more

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The little store is where you buy your tickets for tours every hour on the 1/2 hour. The cave us deep down with lots of steps. Beautiful! Worth going to. They also have a little area panning for gems (u buy a bag of dirt from the store) which can be a lot of fun for young and the young... More 

Thank evafrancis
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took our friends from out of county for a visit to Mercer Caverns. They loved is, as did we. The tour guide was very informative and engaging. Defiantly a place to go for an educational and fun trip.

Thank JawaBob
Brentwood, California
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120 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The turn off Main street looks like your going the wrong way, but just follow the narrow road. Very nice visitor center and grounds. The tour was very nice, lots of stairs going down and of course back up. Along the way, neat formations, some really amazing. The tour lasts about 45 minutes. Went on a Monday, only 4 of... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Thought the cavern was beautiful, from the entrance to the exit. The guide was knowledgeable and able to answer questions thrown her way. Great story behind the discovery of the cave.

Thank JabAeb
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Cool place for an hour or so. Interesting how the cavern came about. Some steps not wheelchair accessible.

Thank pookiebunsmom
Visalia, California
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71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

If you're claustrophobic this likely isn't for you. Having said that I did have a couple of episodes of MILD anxiety but I'm really glad I did this tour. The caverns are amazing/spectacular and you will get quite a leg work out while you're at it. Participants are warned of the conditions in the Caverns (stairs, closed in areas etc)... More 

Modesto, California
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232 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

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 

Thank Yosemitesteve
Snohomish, Washington, United States
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39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

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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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

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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140 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 

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