Clear Creek Pack Burro Race Series

Idaho Springs, Georgetown, CO

Clear Creek County Pack Burro Race Series

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Idaho Springs   Georgetown

Two Burro Races back to back in Clear Creek County. Georgetown on Saturday, May 27th, and Idaho Springs on May 28th.

CCPBR has CASH prizes for top runners in both races. If you win both races with the same burro you will hold the Red Tail's Miner Challenge Trophy and more prize money! A traveling trophy that the winner gets to keep till the next team wins the challenge. Our current winner is 2021 Team Bob Sweeney and Yukon!

Registration Note: You must have a burro to register. If you do not have a burro contact Amber at Colorado Burro Rentals to look into the availability of renting one for a race.  Phone #: 303-906-1535 or 


There are two legends concerning the beginning of these burro races. The first states that the races began when two miners found gold in the same location at the same time and had to race back to town to get to the claims office first. Because they could not ride the burros (the burros were either too small or loaded down with supplies), the miners were forced to run, leading the burros. The second legend is somewhat vague but concerns a few drunken miners at a bar in Leadville, Colorado. Pack burro racing is a sport indigenous to the State of Colorado which is deeply rooted in the state's mining heritage.[1] In the early days of the mining industry in Colorado, miners would take burros, which is the Spanish word for donkeys, through the mountains of Colorado while prospecting. Because the burros were carrying supplies, the miners could not ride the animals and so they would walk, leading the donkey. The Burro Races, which are held throughout small towns in Colorado, commemorate these men and women and their burros. In 2012, Pack burro racing was recognized as the official summer heritage sport in Colorado.
[1] Source Credit: Wikipedia Article Pack burro racing


There will be camping available at Alvardo Park, in Georgetown. Please bring your portable troughs for your burros, we can fill up in Georgetown or in the creek on location. If you are in need of a shower you can shower at the Clear Creek County Rec Center, in Idaho Springs from Friday-Monday. The cost to shower is  $3.50. Please let the staff know that you are a burro racer and are just showering. Alvardo Park 1259 Alvardo Rd Georgetown, Colorado 80444

CAMPING WAIVER (Must be signed to camp)?

Camping Rules:
Dogs must be on a leash at all times

Quiet time at 9:00 PM  

When & Where

May 23, 2020 - May 24, 2020
May 27, 2023 - May 28, 2023

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