Donkey Derby Days

Come watch this gold rush town’s resident donkey herd race in this 87-year-old festival.

Donkey Derby Days

For more than 80 years, Donkey Derby Days has 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 2018 - e
Where: Downtown Cripple Creek, Colorado
Cost: FREE


Sunday, October 22, 2017
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