Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek Colorado

Donkey Derby Days (June)

Come watch this gold rush town’s resident donkey herd race in this 88-year-old festival.


For more than 80 years, Donkey Derby Days have topped the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown, drawn by a chance to watch a race inspired by the town's resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town's Gold Rush days. Enjoy games, live entertainment, heritage competitions and other fun family activities that will make your visit one to remember!

The beginning of Donkey Derby Days dates back to the 1930s when local businessman Charley Lehew thought a festival would attract people to Cripple Creek. He and some business partners decided that donkey racing would be the main event. They built a donkey race track, found sponsors, food and entertainment vendors and the result was the first Donkey Derby Days festival.

When: June 25, 2021
Where: Downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado
Cost: FREE

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Friday, Sep 25, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 90°
Low 55°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind W at 8 MPH
Saturday, Sep 26, 2020
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 88°
Low 56°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind W at 9 MPH
Sunday, Sep 27, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 74°
Low 42°
Chance of Rain 21%
Wind at 11 MPH
Monday, Sep 28, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 58°
Low 37°
Chance of Rain 37%
Wind at 9 MPH
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 81°
Low 37°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind NW at 4 MPH
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 71°
Low 40°
Chance of Rain 10%
Wind NE at 6 MPH
Thursday, Oct 01, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 63°
Low 38°
Chance of Rain 28%
Wind SE at 5 MPH
Friday, Oct 02, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 72°
Low 36°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind NW at 5 MPH