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Mercer Caverns

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Hilarious and educational at the same time!

Tyler was so funny! And very knowledgeable about the history of the cave. It was my first time in a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bluffton, South Carolina
via mobile
A Bit of California History

I noticed some of the sour reviews had a lot to do with lack of preparation and not understanding... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
James M
Berkeley, California
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“steep stairs”(12 reviews)
“minute tour”(8 reviews)
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Sheep Ranch Road, Murphys, CA
+1 209-728-2101
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 August 2006

We went to Mercer Caverns Aug 2007. We arrived at 9:00 am when they opened. The first tour left at 9:30 am. They run every hour on the 1/2 hour. Our group was two adult, an 8 year old, a 5 year old and a...More

6  Thank Julie F
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 November 2006

The tour guide was extremely rude towards all of the children on the tour. My daughter said, "Oh wow!," and we were asked to leave. When I went to get my money back, the man pointed to a sign about if your children are crying...More

10  Thank mama6
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All reviews tour guide steep stairs minute tour moaning cavern beautiful formations summer heat a lot of fun great attraction wear good shoes tight places answered all our questions every hour on the hour great knowledge low ceilings bring a light jacket well worth the visit rainy day
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tyler was so funny! And very knowledgeable about the history of the cave. It was my first time in a cave and I feel like I learned a lot. There were 8 of us in our group and I wouldn’t recommend going with more than...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I noticed some of the sour reviews had a lot to do with lack of preparation and not understanding why it's not a good idea to bring things like purses, etc in to the cave. You'll lose them for sure! Can you imagine the lawsuits?...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Very impressed with the tour. Beautiful formations. Very steep and hard on old knees, but well worth the trip.

1  Thank David C
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

We came here 4 years ago. The story line and formations are well worth a second look. The climb down was pretty easy. Up is going to be a little more difficult. 16 stories. Not that difficult, but you can feel it. I'd do it...More

Thank Fred C
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

First visit to Mercer Caverns and was in awe. Our tour guide, James was very informative and entertaining. Nice and cool once you enter. Watch your head and hold onto the rails. It’s a safe tour just make sure you listen to your tour guide’s...More

Thank DonakJ
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

It was awesome. Recommend closed toed shoes, and to be in shape. You descend and ascend several flights of narrow and awkward stairs. Must be mindful and careful as you take in the breathtaking stalagmites and stalactites.

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Reviewed 7 August 2018

The Mercer Caverns was a nice break from the summer heat and since Yosemite was closed all week for fires it was a good escape from the smoke that filled the mountains. We had read some reviews about the guides being less-than-friendly, but our experience...More

3  Thank TB_on_the_road
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Fun and interesting tour to see some spectacular caverns. We only had to wait a few minutes to start our tour. This is not a tour to bring small children or those who cannot do stairs and you cannot bring a service dog down, as...More

2  Thank CCkiddo
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Always wanted to visit caverns in California and we made it this time. The tour happened every half an hour and they took 10-12 people every time. This could make you wait for more than an hour over weekend, so plan accordingly. Inside the cavern...More

Thank nomadicdiaries
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Of the three nearby cave tours, Mercer is a good middle ground with a blend of rooms, stairs and pretty formations to look at. There is a rare and beautiful feature in this cavern that you won’t see in the others: a wall of white...More

1  Thank Jim W
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21 June 2018|
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Response from arnese13 | Reviewed this property |
Better not, cause stairs are stiffs and slippery. My advice is to have laces shoes as sneakers on.
Oleg G
10 December 2017|
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Response from Rick L | Reviewed this property |
Murphys Hotel, Murphys Inn, or Murphys Suites... all good,
17 June 2017|
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Response from evafrancis | Reviewed this property |
call. they are very helpful. they answer their phone. I called before going just to make sure they were open on a holiday. there is a very low hang that you have to squeeze through. hope this helps.