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, Apr 06, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 74°
Low 40°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind W at 8 MPH
Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 75°
Low 41°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind W at 8 MPH
Wednesday, Apr 08, 2020
Foggy overnight.
High 74°
Low 42°
Chance of Rain 2%
Wind NW at 7 MPH
Thursday, Apr 09, 2020
Possible light rain in the morning and afternoon.
High 49°
Low 34°
Chance of Rain 77%
Wind E at 8 MPH
Friday, Apr 10, 2020
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 64°
Low 30°
Chance of Rain 24%
Wind S at 6 MPH
Saturday, Apr 11, 2020
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 73°
Low 41°
Chance of Rain 14%
Wind NW at 6 MPH
Sunday, Apr 12, 2020
Foggy in the evening and overnight.
High 52°
Low 30°
Chance of Rain 54%
Wind NE at 10 MPH
Monday, Apr 13, 2020
Possible light snow (1–3 in.) in the morning and afternoon.
High 37°
Low 24°
Chance of Rain 71%
Wind SE at 9 MPH