Donkey Derby Days (June)

Come watch this gold rush town’s resident donkey herd race in this 87-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- 24, 2018
Where: Downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado
Cost: FREE


Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
Partly cloudy until afternoon.
High 60°
Low 37°
Chance of Rain 11%
Wind at 6 MPH
Friday, Apr 19, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 73°
Low 38°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind SW at 1 MPH
Saturday, Apr 20, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 79°
Low 46°
Chance of Rain 1%
Wind SW at 4 MPH
Sunday, Apr 21, 2019
Light rain starting in the evening.
High 71°
Low 50°
Chance of Rain 43%
Wind at 3 MPH
Monday, Apr 22, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 54°
Low 43°
Chance of Rain 74%
Wind NE at 6 MPH
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 61°
Low 44°
Chance of Rain 52%
Wind E at 4 MPH
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019
Clear throughout the day.
High 70°
Low 39°
Chance of Rain 3%
Wind at 1 MPH
Thursday, Apr 25, 2019
Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
High 76°
Low 44°
Chance of Rain 2%
Wind SW at 3 MPH