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Sand Canyon

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Sand Canyon
KDL3 Sand Canyon stage select.png
The Stage Select screen for Sand Canyon.
Level Nr. 3
Mini-Game How many of the same face are there?
Boss Pon & Con
Theme music

Clip of the Stage Select theme for Sand Canyon.

Level Progression
Ripple Field Cloudy Park
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This article is about the level in Kirby's Dream Land 3. For the similarly-named level in Kirby Mass Attack, see Sandy Canyon.

Sand Canyon is the third level in Kirby's Dream Land 3. It is primarily based on a North American desert, containing vast, rocky wastelands, various stone formations and cacti. It also features a large ominous pyramid in its final stage. The boss fought in this level is Pon & Con. This level follows Ripple Field and is followed by Cloudy Park.


Kirby, Rick, and Coo are playing a ball game using Gooey as the ball, while ChuChu is admiring a flower. Coo overshoots, causing Gooey to collide with the wall, then fall and squish the flower. ChuChu gets angry at the others, who are watching in dismay as Gooey licks ChuChu, which then results in her punching Gooey very hard into the wall. After this, ChuChu blushes as the others stare at her in fear.


Sand Canyon is largely a desert-themed land, with little in the way of vegetation or water. Many areas have open skies, making Coo handy to have around. As Kirby travels through this area, he will pass by rocky crags in stage 1, through a wasteland of mixed rock and sand in stage 2, through a volcanic region in stage 3, across the twilit dunes and through a submerged tunnel in stage 4, through a hollow cave structure in stage 5, and into a strange black pyramid in stage 6. The hazards present in each stage are varied and difficult to predict.

The Heart Stars in this level are often counter-intuitive and may require extensive time and effort to solve, particularly the task in stage 6.


Each stage is unlocked in succession after clearing the previous one. Defeating Pon & Con is necessary to move on to Cloudy Park. For more information about a particular stage, click on the link to the stage's page in the table. For a full guide on how to get the Heart Stars in this region, visit the Heart Star page.

Stage Animal Friends Notes
Pitch & Rick
ChuChu & Coo
ChuChu, Coo, & Pitch This stage features the mini-game How many of the same face are there?.
Nago, Pitch, & Rick This stage features the mid-boss Haboki.
ChuChu & Rick
All six friends
N/A Completing this stage unlocks Cloudy Park.


  • Sand Canyon is notable for being the only level in Kirby's Dream Land 3 (besides the Hyper Zone) that did not debut in its predecessor, Kirby's Dream Land 2; the latter does, however, contain a similar level known as Red Canyon, which may have served as the inspiration for this one.


Pop Star in Kirby's Dream Land 3
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