Fossil Canyon

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Diddy Kong Racing course
Fossil Canyon
Fossil Canyon, from Diddy Kong Racing
Location Dino Domain
Balloon(s) required 2 (race)
7 (challenge)
Transportation Car, Hovercraft, Plane
Meet T.T (N64) 1:37.00
Beat T.T. 1:30.16
Course map
Minimap of Fossil Canyon from Diddy Kong Racing
Fossil Canyon course icon from Diddy Kong Racing DS.
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Fossil Canyon is the second course of the Dino Domain area of Timber Island and the second overall track in Diddy Kong Racing and Diddy Kong Racing DS. The player must have at least two Golden Balloons to race on it, and seven for its Silver Coin Challenge (or Balloon Touch Challenge in the DS remake). Fossil Canyon takes place in a barren, sandy canyon during sunset, as shown from the orange sky. At the start, the large, yellow sun is shown looming behind a cliff.

This level offers considerably great challenges for new racers. The track has numerous Power-Up Tokens, exclusively in the game's remake, and many Zipper pads. Notorious for its fork in the road, both ways are quick. If the racer travels towards the left side, they will find a red balloon with a missile, but the other route has green and blue balloons for an offensive or defensive attack. It does not feature any moving obstacles, but it does have palm trees which slow down players.

In the original version, a few clips take place in the last part of Fossil Canyon, with the fork in the path. It first appears in the clip that introduces Bumper, who is racing a yellow dinosaur which is running on the adjacent path. The last scene of the whole sequence, which introduces Wizpig and Diddy Kong, takes place in Fossil Canyon. In the scene, several racers are fleeing from Wizpig. Diddy comes into view, flying a plane, and maneuvers under a thick log, which Wizpig crashes into.

The car is the standard vehicle for this track, but after either completing the course or during a Time Trial, the player has the option of using the hovercraft or the plane. The official Diddy Kong Racing website suggested racing as Conker on this track.[1]

Track layout[edit]

DS version of the track.

The track begins as a straight road with palm trees on the side. The road slowly curves to the left, and a giant dinosaur walks around off-track. Racers can then find a Red Balloon, which then leads to a lake, in which the path curves around. Racers can either collect the Bananas on the road or shortcut across the lake by using a nearby Zipper. This leads them in a tunnel, with a Red and Green Balloon lying outside of its entrance. There is a waterfall nearby.

The tunnel starts with a sharp turn to the left. The path goes briefly straight until taking a sharp turn to the right, where players can find two Green Balloons, two Red Balloons, and a Blue Balloon. Racers have an option to exit the tunnel from a Zipper. The tunnel leads outside to a bump with a Green Balloon in the center. After crossing the threshold, racers drive into a roadless canyon portion. It has two paths, the left one is narrow and bumpy and only has a Green Balloon beneath the small overhand. The right path is wider but has two Green and Blue Balloons. The paths intersect, and lead racers off small ramp with Bananas behind it. The racers enter back on the road and drive a straight pathway to the finish line.

Silver Coin locations[edit]

Like the other courses, Fossil Canyon has eight Silver Coins scattered in its area in the Silver Coin Challenge of the original version. The player can access this challenge after winning against Dino Domain's boss, Tricky the Triceratops.

Adventure mode[edit]

  • The first coin can be found in the center of the track near the first Zipper.
  • The next coin is located right after the first set of balloons on the side of the road. In the Nintendo DS remake of the game, it is instead in the center of the track.
  • The third coin can be found shortly after the second Zipper.
  • Not too long after the second Zipper, a lake can be found to the left of the track. The coin is along the edge of this lake near a tunnel.
  • Right by the third Zipper, racers can find the next coin.
  • The sixth coin is located before a small bump outside of a tunnel.
  • On the fork-in-the-road, a coin can be found in the route to the right.
  • On the left route in the fork, racers can find the final coin.

Adventure Two mode[edit]

  • On the opposite side of the track to the first Zipper.
  • On the right side of the track, during the first corner.
  • On the opposite side of the track to the second Zipper.
  • Right after the oasis, if the shortcut is taken.
  • On the opposite side of the track to the Zipper at the end of the tunnel.
  • On the left side of the track, just before going under the rock formation.
  • On the left branching side of the track, just before the Item Balloons.
  • On the right branching side of the track, just after the Item Balloon.


Diddy Kong Racing[edit]

Diddy Kong Racing DS[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゆうやけキャニオン
Yūyake Kyanion
Sunset Canyon
French Canyon aux Fossiles Fossil Canyon
German Skelettschlucht (N64)
Fossilienschlucht (DS)
Skeleton Canyon
Fossil Canyon
Italian Canyon Roccioso Rocky Canyon
Spanish Cañón de Fósiles Fossul Canyon