A hiking and/or camping permit is needed for all explorations of Navajo land, however Kaibito Creek is officially closed, with no access allowed, because of incidents when hikers required assistance after accidents in the canyon - the local Navajo people were naturally unwilling to be involved in frequent rescues. This closure has been in effect since 1998.
Downstream of the suggested entry point the canyon remains wide and sandy for a little way longer but becomes narrow and rocky as the slot canyon begins; this deepens to about 20 feet at first, with a long straight section, often so narrow that one has to move sideways. In places the bottom of the canyon is V-shaped; the walls meet at a sharp point, which makes footing difficult and further hampers progress. Eventually the slot becomes slightly wider but also deeper and darker, although at one point a short open stretch allows the sun to fully illuminate the boulder-strewn floor. Generally, the light is not good for photography owing to the north-south orientation and the narrowness of the canyon. After only about 1/4 mile there is a sudden two-stage vertical drop of at least 15 feet into a dark passageway, which is as far as regular hikers can progress.
However, it is possible to follow the creek downstream at rim level for a few miles - one can walk above the narrows for a while (at many places they are narrow enough to jump over), and then climb up the west rim of the wider upper canyon to the flat lands above. The terrain is very sandy and barren - the epitome of a desert scene, with soft dunes, wind-rippled sand patterns and scattered cacti. The canyon profile changes markedly before during and after the slot, from a shallow though still sheer-sided gorge, through the lengthy narrows, to a much deeper canyon contained within sheer walls 1,000 feet high. It is more than a little alarming to look down from the rather unstable sandy ground along the edge, such is the precipitousness of the abyss below. A short distance downstream, the end of the East Fork of Kaibito Creek
is clearly visible - a deep narrow gash in the cliffs opposite, with a circular pool of water in the canyon floor directly beneath. Other slots, interspersed with higher dryfalls, can be found in several places further down the canyon towards Lake Powell.