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, Dec 02, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 69°
Low 39°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind W at 6 MPH
Friday, Dec 03, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 62°
Low 38°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind SW at 7 MPH
Saturday, Dec 04, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 60°
Low 31°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind SW at 7 MPH
Sunday, Dec 05, 2021
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 57°
Low 24°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind W at 8 MPH
Monday, Dec 06, 2021
Overcast throughout the day.
High 46°
Low 17°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind SW at 7 MPH
Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021
Rain in the afternoon and evening.
High 50°
Low 27°
Chance of Rain 76%
Wind NE at 6 MPH
Wednesday, Dec 08, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 39°
Low 17°
Chance of Rain 11%
Wind SW at 5 MPH
Thursday, Dec 09, 2021
Overcast throughout the day.
High 55°
Low 29°
Chance of Rain 0%
Wind SW at 7 MPH