The track is a canyon with a Panzer Dragoon twist. The track also has a cave at the start that leads to a bridge joined to the track's signature hairpin turn.
The Hero's blue dragon is featured in the track, flying through the stage and perching on a rock formation in a hairpin turn. The transformation gimmick is emphasized in the track as there are bodies of water and a huge valley for planes to fly in. A new feature in the game has some tracks terraforming and/or getting destroyed over the course of the race, similar to Motorstorm Apocalypse. In the second lap of the race, the dirt road leading to the cave is blocked off by bits of a broken statue, forcing the racers go through a river detour. In the final lap, a creature destroys the bridge leading to the track's trademark hairpin turn, forcing the racers to transform their vehicles to jets.
Dragon Canyon is seen in the E3 trailer of the game, with Sonic, Aiai, Shadow and the others lining up for a race. They speed off into a cave with Sonic in the lead, with Vyse and Amy following him. Vyse catches up to Sonic but Amy catches up to them as they race out of the cave. Sonic passes Amy while the racers go through twisty turns and huge bumps before jumping off a cliff, which showcases Sonic's Speed Star transforming into a jet, then racing off with Tails doing a couple barrel rolls (for added effect) before switching to raw gameplay.
It is later seen in the game's extended Comic-Con trailer, which is the start of its E3 trailer, with added sections, like Vyse launching missiles at the racers and Sonic indicating a dead end. After Sonic and Tails transform their cars into jets and rocket off, they fly alongside Aiai and Amy, but then Tails accidentally transforms his jet into a boat while Gillius Thunderhead and Joe Musashi suddenly appear and Sonic flies away. He then rejoins the race with a boat, but everyone is suddenly ambushed by Dr. Eggman with missiles that destroy some rocks. Sonic gets launched into the air, while Eggman follows suit, but with explosions to propel him upwards. Sonic has a trick up his sleeve; he is able to use a kind of boost that propels him forward. He uses it, knocks Eggman out of the sky, and races off, referencing the opening cutscene of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
- This was the first course (alongside Temple Trouble) to be revealed for the game.
- Dragon Canyon is on the front cover of Sonic Universe #45.
- This is the course used in the intro of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
The music for this track is a remix of Flight, which then transitions into Empire, and then Worms.
The intro for this track is the Main Theme from Panzer Dragoon.