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, Dec 09, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 40°
Low 24°
Chance of Rain 25%
Wind SW at 8 MPH
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 46°
Low 20°
Chance of Rain 8%
Wind W at 5 MPH
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 51°
Low 27°
Chance of Rain 4%
Wind W at 6 MPH
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 49°
Low 26°
Chance of Rain 6%
Wind W at 7 MPH
Friday, Dec 13, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 55°
Low 30°
Chance of Rain 10%
Wind NW at 6 MPH
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
Foggy overnight.
High 45°
Low 25°
Chance of Rain 21%
Wind SE at 6 MPH
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 34°
Low 22°
Chance of Rain 24%
Wind NE at 4 MPH
Monday, Dec 16, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 35°
Low 19°
Chance of Rain 15%
Wind NW at 4 MPH