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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Saturday, Jan 16, 2021
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 48°
Low 25°
Chance of Rain 8%
Wind NW at 8 MPH
Sunday, Jan 17, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 47°
Low 22°
Chance of Rain 7%
Wind NW at 6 MPH
Monday, Jan 18, 2021
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 37°
Low 24°
Chance of Rain 18%
Wind at 8 MPH
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
High 33°
Low 21°
Chance of Rain 15%
Wind S at 7 MPH
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021
Clear throughout the day.
High 54°
Low 23°
Chance of Rain 2%
Wind W at 7 MPH
Thursday, Jan 21, 2021
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 46°
Low 26°
Chance of Rain 10%
Wind SW at 5 MPH
Friday, Jan 22, 2021
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
High 40°
Low 23°
Chance of Rain 10%
Wind S at 5 MPH
Saturday, Jan 23, 2021
Foggy overnight.
High 50°
Low 24°
Chance of Rain 5%
Wind W at 6 MPH