The course is set within the North American desert with varied elevation changes and twisting roads. Notable landmarks such as a motel, a gas station and an observatory can be spotted nearby the beginning of the track.
The police vehicles patroling the course in the Hot Pursuit mode are the Chevrolet Caprice, the Land Rover Discovery in the PlayStation release or the Eagle Talon in the PC release. In Need for Speed: High Stakes, the Eagle Talon is joined by the Lamborghini Diablo SV.
The musical pieces "Snorkeling Cactus Weasels" by Matt Ragan and "Cetus 808" by Rom Di Prisco are played when participating in an event along the course.
- Rusty Springs, a course featured in The Need for Speed is referenced in a billboard that appears in the course.
|Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit - Courses|
|Beginner||Hometown · Redrock Ridge · Atlantica · Rocky Pass|
|Expert||Country Woods · Lost Canyons · Aquatica · Summit · Empire City (Bonus)|
|Hidden||AutoCross · Caverns · Scorpio-7 · Space Race · The Room · TR02B (Unreleased)|
|Need for Speed: High Stakes - Courses|
|Beginner||Celtic Ruins (Scotland) · Landstrasse (Germany) · Dolphin Cove (USA) · Hometown (USA) · Redrock Ridge (USA) · Atlantica (USA)|
|Advanced||Kindiak Park (Canada) · Route Adonf (France) · Rocky Pass (Canada) · Country Woods (USA) · Lost Canyons (USA)|
|Expert||Durham Road (England) · Snowy Ridge (USA) · Aquatica (USA) · Summit (Canada) · Empire City (USA)|
|Raceways||Raceway (Italy) · Raceway 2 (USA) · Raceway 3 (Spain)|