“Some of Nature's most beautiful artistry”
Discovered on Sept. 1, 1885, by Walter J. Mercer, Mercer Caverns is one of the oldest continuously operating show caves in California. Designated as a California Point of Historical Interest on August 2, 1985, Mercer Caverns is nestled in the heart of the California Gold Country near the historic gold mining town of Murphys. Mercer Caverns is a subterranean showplace containing some of Nature's most beautiful artistry. As one descends into Mercer Caverns you will behold a wide variety of speleothems including, cave coral, flowstone, a vast array of stalactites and stalagmites including delicate soda straws, large draperies over 9 feet long and 2 feet wide called Angels Wings, and the world famous Aragonite Flos Ferri for which Mercer Caverns was awarded a Grand Prize from the 1900 Paris World's Fair. A tour of Mercer Caverns will take one down 160 feet below the earth's surface by way of lighted walkways and stairs through several chambers the largest of which is the Gothic Chamber at 200 feet long by 60 feet wide and 58 feet high.
If your destination is Murphy's, California or you are driving close to it and looking for a great place to either visit while in the area or just for a place to stop by and educate yourselves about geology, then one of the top attractions of the area is certainly the Mercer Caverns.
The caverns are just amazing and surely you haven't seen something like this before. But keep in mind that the passageways are narrow and and low outcrops in some places need your attention, cause otherwise you may harm yourselves. The biggest advantage though is that there is plenty of time to explore the caverns, take some amazing photos and the tour guide staff is very funny and informative. Great opportunity to be educated in a very fun way!!! Great place overall!
Very cool tour!
I was just here very cool. I did this with my husband and two kids ages 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 . I would not recommend doing this with a 2 year old again the stairs are very steep and there are parts with little walking room, but it was a fun adventure that I would defiantly do again!
Excellent little tour with a lot of interesting information and gorgeous caverns to look at.
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