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 22- 23, 2019
Where: Downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado
Cost: FREE

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Monday, Oct 14, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 74°
Low 38°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind NW at 8 MPH
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 65°
Low 40°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind SW at 7 MPH
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 77°
Low 38°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind SW at 6 MPH
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 81°
Low 46°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind W at 7 MPH
Friday, Oct 18, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 70°
Low 44°
Chance of Rain 5%
Wind W at 7 MPH
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 73°
Low 35°
Chance of Rain 2%
Wind SW at 8 MPH
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019
Rain until morning, starting again in the evening.
High 57°
Low 34°
Chance of Rain 62%
Wind NW at 10 MPH
Monday, Oct 21, 2019
Possible light snow in the morning.
High 35°
Low 25°
Chance of Rain 78%
Wind at 19 MPH