Nonprofit group needs help caring for Cripple Creek’s free-roaming donkeys


CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. — The group that looks after the free-roaming donkeys that call Cripple Creek home needs your help.

Every year from mid-May to mid-October, these donkeys roam the streets of Cripple Creek. A group of volunteers called the Two Mile High Club takes care of the herd in their free time.

The herd is a living reminder of when the town was a gold mining boomtown. They’ve been running free since 1900 but have been around Cripple Creek even longer.

“In 1900 when Teddy Roosevelt came through Cripple Creek, he thought it was inhumane to see those donkeys working underground,” Two-Mile High Club President Curt Sorenson said. “Living and dying blind oftentimes never seeing the light of day said get those donkeys out.”

You can see the donkeys in person at Donkey Derby Days. The Two-Mile High Club also accepts donations online at

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