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Boulder Canyon
Boulder canyon
Location Dragon Forest
Requirement(s) 20 Golden Balloons (regular course),
30 Golden Balloons (Coin Challenge course)
Vehicle Type(s) Hovercraft
Game(s) Diddy Kong Racing,
Diddy Kong Racing DS
First Appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest Appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)
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Boulder Canyon is the fifteenth track in the game Diddy Kong Racing and its remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS. It is the third track of the fourth world, Dragon Forest. The default, and only, vehicle for this track is the Hovercraft. This course holds the key to the Dragon Forest boss track, Smokey Castle. The player needs a total of 20 Golden Balloons to enter this course.

Course Layout[]

Players start the course in a calm section of water between the canyon walls, the course goes straight ahead for some time before reaching a log crest descending to rapids. The path is scattered with various balloons and the occasional log hazard. After the rapids the player will come out into a small pool before turning sharply to the right up onto land into a short tunnel. This tunnel will lead players to a castle, racers go up an incline before turning right again, and then right again into a green waterfall/river. This will lead racers to a fork in the path, it makes little difference ultimately where the player comes out. After exiting the castle players are back in the water again and turning right again. The water drops away suddenly in a waterfall, causing racers to drop before turning left and coming up to the starting line again.

Coin Challenge Locations[]

Boulder canyon map

Map of Greenwood Village showing Silver Coin locations.

Like other levels, Boulder Canyon is filled with eight Silver Coins, scattered all around the area. The coins only appear after player has beaten Smokey the Dragon for the first time. To compete in the Coin Challenge, the player needs a total of 30 Golden Balloons to reenter the course.

  1. To the far right of the track, behind a log, under a mossy stone arch over the track
  2. Just beyond the first coin, at the top of the rapids
  3. In the pool at the bottom of the rapids, on the far side of the log
  4. Just inside the castle, in the centre of the track, just before the turn
  5. Before the zipper behind the waterfall in the castle
  6. At the beginning of the left corridor in the fork in the castle
  7. At the end of the left corridor in the fork in the castle
  8. On the sand beside a zipper just after exiting the castle


  • There is a bell hanging from a chain in the castle in the middle of this course. If players run through this bell one time this will cause the drawbridge that racers drive over to be pulled up temporarily.
    • If players maneuver themselves correctly when doing this they will be able to retrieve the key for Smokey Castle by driving up the drawbridge as it ascends. Players will be deposited in a viewing platform above the road which is where the key is held.
  • The CPU players ignore the drawbridge being up and uses the bridge like normal, if the bridge is out of the player's view.
Diddy Kong Racing (DS) Tracks
Dino Domain
Ancient LakeFossil CanyonJungle FallsHot Top VolcanoFire Mountain (T.T. Trial)Tricky's Course
Snowflake Mountain
Everfrost PeakWalrus CoveSnowball ValleyFrosty VillageIcicle Pyramid (T.T. Trial)Bluey's Course
Sherbet Island
Whale BayCrescent IslandPirate LagoonTreasure CavesDarkwater Beach (T.T. Trial)Bubbler's Course
Dragon Forest
Windmill PlainsGreenwood VillageBoulder CanyonHaunted WoodsSmokey Castle (T.T. Trial)Smokey's Course
Future Fun Land
Spacedust AlleyDarkmoon CavernsSpaceport AlphaStar City
DS Exclusive Unlockable Tracks
Thunder CoveMeandering MountSplashdown PassStrangled Shrine