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, Jun 24, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 78°
Low 45°
Chance of Rain 9%
Wind SW at 6 MPH
Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 84°
Low 52°
Chance of Rain 7%
Wind SW at 6 MPH
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 85°
Low 57°
Chance of Rain 9%
Wind SW at 7 MPH
Thursday, Jun 27, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 89°
Low 59°
Chance of Rain 11%
Wind SW at 8 MPH
Friday, Jun 28, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 92°
Low 56°
Chance of Rain 3%
Wind S at 6 MPH
Saturday, Jun 29, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 87°
Low 59°
Chance of Rain 9%
Wind NE at 6 MPH
Sunday, Jun 30, 2019
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 86°
Low 59°
Chance of Rain 28%
Wind NW at 6 MPH
Monday, Jul 01, 2019
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 83°
Low 59°
Chance of Rain 41%
Wind at 7 MPH