Desert Ruins is the location of the tomb of the Stone Golem, and a prime location for treasure hunters. When Spyro arrived, he encountered the famous explorer Tara and her skittish boyfriend Gus. The tomb is filled with deadly Scorpions of all shapes and sizes, as well as acidic water. Sheila and Hunter can also be found here.
Before relinquishing her dragon egg, Tara complains about "pressing switches and shoving boxes", two staples of the Tomb Raider franchise.
Another Playstation character reference exists in the atlas page for this level. The eggs gained by Sheila are titled in the atlas as "Krash Kangaroo I" and "Krash Kangaroo II" as a reference to Crash Bandicoot, Spyro's Naughty Dog counterpart and fellow Playstation mascot.