Come Check Out Burro Days!

One of the best things about Fairplay in the summer is Burro Days! If you love summer festivals you will love Burro Days. Burro Days always takes place the last weekend in July.

The Burro Race

The burro was an important figure during Fairplay's mining years. It is still celebrated every July!

The burro was an important figure during Fairplay’s mining years. It is still celebrated every July!

Burro Days celebrates the burro, a figure that was significant to the mining days of Fairplay. The central event of the festival is a burro pack race. The race takes place on Sunday. The route includes a short course of 15 miles and a long course of 30 miles. It winds up Mosquito Pass and ends on Front Street in Fairplay. Participants must lead a burro, weighed down with a pack filled with traditional mining gear, along the route.


Other events included during the weekend are an outdoor concert on Fairplay beach, llama races, a parade, fireworks, cowboy church and outhouse races. The town is bustling with activity and thousands congregate to experience one of South Park’s best gatherings.

A full list of events and activities can be found at If you enjoy camping, it is the perfect time to check out the national forests and campgrounds that surround Fairplay. Plan a weekend vacation for your family and come see what makes Fairplay so incredible!

What is your favorite Colorado summer event?


Image: “the new mini donk” by Clay Junell