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, Sep 16, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 87°
Low 54°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind W at 8 MPH
Friday, Sep 17, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 76°
Low 51°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind NW at 12 MPH
Saturday, Sep 18, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 85°
Low 49°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind S at 7 MPH
Sunday, Sep 19, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 85°
Low 59°
Chance of Rain 5%
Wind SW at 9 MPH
Monday, Sep 20, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 75°
Low 48°
Chance of Rain 27%
Wind NW at 9 MPH
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 66°
Low 41°
Chance of Rain 22%
Wind SE at 5 MPH
Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 79°
Low 37°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind SW at 5 MPH
Thursday, Sep 23, 2021
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 80°
Low 49°
Chance of Rain 2%
Wind W at 7 MPH