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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Friday, Aug 23, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 84°
Low 58°
Chance of Rain 15%
Wind S at 7 MPH
Saturday, Aug 24, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 89°
Low 57°
Chance of Rain 6%
Wind NW at 7 MPH
Sunday, Aug 25, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 94°
Low 61°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind W at 8 MPH
Monday, Aug 26, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 85°
Low 63°
Chance of Rain 5%
Wind at 8 MPH
Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 87°
Low 53°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind S at 7 MPH
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 93°
Low 62°
Chance of Rain 5%
Wind W at 6 MPH
Thursday, Aug 29, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 90°
Low 61°
Chance of Rain 33%
Wind W at 6 MPH
Friday, Aug 30, 2019
Possible light rain starting in the afternoon.
High 73°
Low 58°
Chance of Rain 73%
Wind E at 7 MPH