90th Annual Donkey Derby Days

Donkey Derby Days

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 don’t miss meeting the new, baby donkeys.

The origins of this popular Colorado donkey festival date back to the 1930s, when local businessman Charley Lehew thought a Cripple Creek festival would attract people in the summer months. It wasn’t long before he and two business partners settled on donkey racing. Together, they built a race track, solicited advertising and arranged concessions and entertainment in time for the first-ever Donkey Derby Days festival.

Today, this jamboree is one of the most popular Cripple Creek events. In addition to the donkey races, visitors can enjoy street vendors, live entertainment, a dog show, and a host of other family activities.

Sat: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sun: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Admission: Free


Registration not required.