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 25, 2021
Where: Downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado
Cost: FREE

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Sunday, Apr 18, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 55°
Low 24°
Chance of Rain 9%
Wind NW at 7 MPH
Monday, Apr 19, 2021
Rain (with a chance of 1–3 in. of snow) in the evening.
High 60°
Low 25°
Chance of Rain 48%
Wind at 9 MPH
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 39°
Low 19°
Chance of Rain 38%
Wind E at 6 MPH
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021
Foggy in the evening and overnight.
High 35°
Low 24°
Chance of Rain 54%
Wind SE at 7 MPH
Thursday, Apr 22, 2021
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 55°
Low 25°
Chance of Rain 34%
Wind SE at 6 MPH
Friday, Apr 23, 2021
Rain in the evening.
High 57°
Low 31°
Chance of Rain 45%
Wind at 5 MPH
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 62°
Low 34°
Chance of Rain 13%
Wind S at 7 MPH
Sunday, Apr 25, 2021
Overcast throughout the day.
High 75°
Low 33°
Chance of Rain 2%
Wind SW at 6 MPH