Parched Palms is a hard-difficulty track based in Green Hill. It contains several loops and a number of sections with Dash Panels.
In Parched Palms, the playable characters are stuck running down the level's road and can only move left and right between the road's four lanes (akin to the Quick Step). While running, the player can pick up powerups from Item Boxes and utilize the gimmicks native to this track.
Parched Palms has many environmental obstacles which the player can either jump over, roll under or move around. Running into one of these obstacles will result in the player taking damage and lose some of their Rings. Falling into bottomless pits on the other hand forces the player to restart from an earlier point on the track.
The racers will begin on a small hill with Item Boxes nearby. The racers then must navigate around a number of obstacles and a pitfall before continuing to a large shuttle loop, then run through a section that contains Item Boxes in-between objects that racers must Slide under. After this section is a long stretch of track containing a large number of obstacles that must be sidestepped, which leads to a series of Dash Panels and hurdles that must be cleared. Finally, the racers will go through two more shuttle loops with a set of Conveyor Belts in between, and will find the finish line beyond a long series of Dash Pads and two sets of obstacles.