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, Jan 20, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 54°
Low 20°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind SW at 5 MPH
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020
Overcast throughout the day.
High 49°
Low 31°
Chance of Rain 9%
Wind SW at 5 MPH
Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 50°
Low 29°
Chance of Rain 4%
Wind NW at 6 MPH
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 41°
Low 24°
Chance of Rain 7%
Wind NW at 5 MPH
Friday, Jan 24, 2020
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 42°
Low 18°
Chance of Rain 3%
Wind SW at 4 MPH
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020
Overcast throughout the day.
High 48°
Low 22°
Chance of Rain 2%
Wind NW at 4 MPH
Sunday, Jan 26, 2020
Clear throughout the day.
High 54°
Low 28°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind W at 4 MPH
Monday, Jan 27, 2020
Foggy overnight.
High 52°
Low 31°
Chance of Rain 4%
Wind NW at 7 MPH