Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek Colorado

Donkey Derby Days (August)

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: August 14-15, 2021
Where: Downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado
Cost: FREE

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Thursday, Jun 17, 2021
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 94°
Low 63°
Chance of Rain 9%
Wind W at 7 MPH
Friday, Jun 18, 2021
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 88°
Low 67°
Chance of Rain 31%
Wind at 9 MPH
Saturday, Jun 19, 2021
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 86°
Low 60°
Chance of Rain 50%
Wind SW at 7 MPH
Sunday, Jun 20, 2021
Possible light rain overnight.
High 91°
Low 60°
Chance of Rain 38%
Wind NW at 8 MPH
Monday, Jun 21, 2021
Overcast throughout the day.
High 66°
Low 54°
Chance of Rain 40%
Wind E at 8 MPH
Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 79°
Low 49°
Chance of Rain 11%
Wind S at 6 MPH
Wednesday, Jun 23, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 91°
Low 53°
Chance of Rain 7%
Wind SW at 6 MPH
Thursday, Jun 24, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 93°
Low 59°
Chance of Rain 4%
Wind NW at 5 MPH