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Bone-Dry Dunes (written in PAL regions as Bone Dry Dunes) is the second track of the Special Cup in Mario Kart 8. This course takes place on a desert and canyon place with shifting sand rivers and bones.

The staff ghost kart setup is Morton driving the Tri-Speeder with Monster tires and the Super Glider.


Mario Kart 8

The course starts in an area with a small audience and tents. The road turns right before a sinuous section and briefly splits into two paths (a ramp is placed between them). After a winding path, racers will find a wooden bridge which leads to a canyon filled with giant bones.

The road now is sandy and begins with a right turn. Races now encounter a Bone Piranha Plant. The following area has two distinct road options: the one to the left stays on the ground, and features two more Bone Piranha Plants; the one to the right is an anti-gravity section where characters race along a wall made up of ribs, featuring some boosters. Both end with a gliding pad that sends them to a cave, whose entrance is a giant skull and hands resembling Dry Bowser.

There is a higher and a lower path to choose. The higher path is a narrow and rather short wooden catwalk. The lower one is the soil of the cave. Inside it, some Dry Bones wander around on the road, sometimes opening then closing their mouths. A left turn marks the exit of the cave right before the finish line.


At the beginning of the course, one can go straight instead of left or right to trick off a ramp using a Mushroom.



  • The pots have enemies, scenery, and coins from Super Mario Bros.
  • This track is only one of two nitro tracks where anti-gravity is not compulsory, the other being Toad Harbor.
  • The gliding section of this course strongly resembles the gliding section of Twisted Mansion, with the two gliding sections positioned at 90° from each other, and the upper and lower landing sections at the far side of the course.
  • The Staff Ghost for this course is Morton Koopa Jr., a reference to his place as the boss of multiple desert worlds in previous games.
  • This is the only Special Cup course in Mario Kart 8 that does not have Dash Panels become inactive under certain matter.
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Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe courses
Nitro cups Mushroom Cup Mario Kart StadiumWater ParkSweet Sweet CanyonThwomp Ruins
Flower Cup Mario CircuitToad HarborTwisted MansionShy Guy Falls
Star Cup Sunshine AirportDolphin ShoalsElectrodromeMount Wario
Special Cup Cloudtop CruiseBone-Dry DunesBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup Wii Moo Moo MeadowsGBA Mario CircuitDS Cheep Cheep BeachN64 Toad's Turnpike
Banana Cup GCN Dry Dry DesertSNES Donut Plains 3N64 Royal Raceway3DS DK Jungle
Leaf Cup DS Wario StadiumGCN Sherbet Land3DS Music ParkN64 Yoshi Valley
Lightning Cup DS Tick-Tock Clock3DS Piranha Plant SlideWii Grumble VolcanoN64 Rainbow Road
DLC cups Egg Cup+ GCN Yoshi CircuitExcitebike ArenaDragon DriftwayMute City
Triforce Cup+ Wii Wario's Gold MineSNES Rainbow RoadIce Ice OutpostHyrule Circuit
Crossing Cup+ GCN Baby ParkGBA Cheese LandWild WoodsAnimal Crossing
Bell Cup+ 3DS Neo Bowser CityGBA Ribbon RoadSuper Bell SubwayBig Blue
Battle Courses Mario Circuit* • Toad Harbor* • Wii Moo Moo Meadows* • GCN Dry Dry Desert* • SNES Donut Plains 3* • N64 Toad's Turnpike* • GCN Sherbet Land* • N64 Yoshi Valley*
Battle Stadium** • Sweet Sweet Kingdom** • Dragon Palace** • Lunar Colony** • 3DS Wuhu Town** • SNES Battle Course 1** • GCN Luigi's Mansion** • Urchin Underpass**
+ - denotes DLC. • * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8. • ** - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.