Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek Colorado

Donkey Derby Days (September)

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: September 5-7, 2020
Where: Downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado
Cost: FREE

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Thursday, Jul 16, 2020
Rain in the evening.
High 87°
Low 57°
Chance of Rain 57%
Wind W at 6 MPH
Friday, Jul 17, 2020
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 90°
Low 60°
Chance of Rain 19%
Wind NW at 6 MPH
Saturday, Jul 18, 2020
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 92°
Low 63°
Chance of Rain 17%
Wind NW at 7 MPH
Sunday, Jul 19, 2020
Possible light rain in the afternoon and evening.
High 84°
Low 62°
Chance of Rain 61%
Wind at 9 MPH
Monday, Jul 20, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 87°
Low 56°
Chance of Rain 28%
Wind at 5 MPH
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 84°
Low 58°
Chance of Rain 43%
Wind SE at 8 MPH
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2020
Overcast throughout the day.
High 86°
Low 59°
Chance of Rain 36%
Wind SW at 5 MPH
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 90°
Low 59°
Chance of Rain 13%
Wind NE at 5 MPH